Blues & the Abstract Truth was recorded in February 1961 and remains one of the great recordings in jazz history, certainly one of the most significant recordings of it's era.
The original recording featured Indy's own Freddie Hubbard, Eric Dolphy, Oliver Nelson, George Borrow, Bill Evans, Paul Chambers and Roy Haynes. The tune "Stolen Moments" is a classic that has been recorded by many other greats including Ahmad Jamal, Booker Ervin, Phil Woods, Naptown's J.J.Johnson and even Frank Zappa. Nelson was a prolific writer and arranger, writing music for television (Ironside, Columbo, The Six Million Man) and many Hollywood movies. He also produced and arranged albums for Nancy Wilson, James Brown, The Temptations and Diana Ross.
Oliver's son, Oliver Nelson Jr. brought his band into the Jazz Kitchen to perform many tunes from this album and more. In addition to Oliver on flute, the band featured Mark Buselli on trumpet, Jeff Rupert on alto saxophone, Rob Dixon on tenor saxophone and Amanda Gardier on baritone saxophone. The rhythm section included Monika Herzig on piano, Jesse Wittman on bass and Kenny Phelps on drums.