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Stolen moments lyrics

In Lyrics, Stolen Moments on December 27, 2013 at 9:48 am

Stolen Moments (Oliver Nelson)

(Text: Edward Fisher)

If I told you I love you pretty baby
Would it make up for what they say?
If I hold you and squeeze you darlin’
Would you linger a while today?
If I hold you and hug you my dear so don’t argue
Then gossip won’t hurt you I’ll never desert you
And someday we’ll find us where people won’t bind us
To the hands of time

I can use more than moments with you baby
And I know where you steal them from
There are so many things I’ll teach you
But they call me a useless bum
They just chatter and patter and nitter and natter
They take it and twist it, until it gets bitter
But we’re here, I steered here it’s weird here those beards dear
Watch the pantomime

 Andy White, April 2008

Stolen moments first recording

In Album, Stolen Moments on December 27, 2013 at 12:02 am

Probably the first known recording of Stolen Moments:

Trane Whistle

Studio album by Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis Big Band
Released 1960
recorded: September 20, 1960, Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
label: Prestige PR 7206

Trane Whistle  is an album by saxophonist Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis Big Band with arrangements by Oliver Nelson and Ernie Wilkins recorded in 1960 and released on the Prestige label.


The Allmusic site awarded the album 4½ stars stating “Most significant is the inclusion of the original version of “Stolen Moments” (here called “The Stolen Moment” and predating the more famous Oliver Nelson recording by several months)”.

Track listing

All compositions and arrangements by Oliver Nelson except as indicated

  1. “Trane Whistle” – 6:19
  2. “Whole Nelson” – 3:35
  3. “You Are Too Beautiful” (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) – 5:11 (arr. by Ernie Wilkins)
  4. The Stolen Moment” – 7:54    (<- listen here)
  5. “Walk Away” – 5:27
  6. “Jaws” (Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis) – 4:36 (arr. by Ernie Wilkins)


  • Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis – tenor saxophone
  • Clark Terry, Richard Williams, Bob Bryant – trumpet
  • Melba Liston, Jimmy Cleveland – trombone
  • Jerome Richardson, George Barrow – tenor saxophone, flute
  • Eric Dolphy, Oliver Nelson – alto saxophone
  • Bob Ashton – baritone saxophone
  • Richard Wyands – piano
  • Wendell Marshall – bass
  • Roy Haynes – drums
  • Oliver Nelson (tracks 1, 2, 4 & 5), Ernie Wilkins (tracks 3 & 6) – arranger


  1. Yanow, S.  Allmusic Review accessed July 11, 2012
  2. Payne, D. Oliver Nelson discography accessed July 11, 2012

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Stolen Moments

In Stolen Moments on October 6, 2012 at 1:22 pm

All parts, Score, solo in Concert, Bb and Eb of Stolen moments are in the boxes,

available from the library.

includes also the backing tracks

Stolen Moments – Solo from Oliver Nelson

In Stolen Moments on October 5, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Oliver Nelson Biography

In Bio, Stolen Moments on October 5, 2012 at 9:15 am

Oliver Edward Nelson (June 4, 1932 in St.Louis, Missouri – Ocotober 28.01975) was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, arranger and composer

Early life and career

Oliver Nelson’s family was musical: his brother was also a saxophonist who played with Cootie Williams in the 1940s, and his sister sang and played piano. Nelson began learning to play the piano when he was six, and started on the saxophone at eleven. From 1947 he played in “territory” bands around Saint Louis, before joining the Louis Jordan big band from 1950 to 1951, playing alto saxophone and arranging.

After military service in the Marines, Nelson returned to Missouri to study music composition and theory at Washington and Lincoln Universities, graduating in 1958. While back in his hometown of St. Louis, he met and married Eileen Mitchell; the couple had a son, Oliver Nelson Jr., but soon divorced. After graduation, Nelson married Audrey McEwen, a union which lasted until his death; they had a son, Nyles. Audrey was a native of St. Louis, Missouri.

Nelson moved to New York, playing with Erskine Hawkins and Wild Bill Davis, and working as the house arranger for the Apollo Theater in Harlem. He also played on the West Coast briefly with the Louie Bellson big band in 1959, and in the same year began recording as leader with small groups. From 1960 to 1961 he played tenor saxophone with Quincy Jones, both in the U.S. and on tour in Europe.

Breakthrough and afterwards

After six albums as leader between 1959 and 1961 for the Prestige label (with such musicians as Kenny Dorham, Johnny Hammond Smith, Eric Dolphy, Roy Haynes, King Curtis and Jimmy Forrest), Nelson’s big breakthrough came with The Blues and the Abstract Truth, on Impulse!, featuring the tune “Stolen Moments,” now considered a standard. This made his name as a composer and arranger, and he went on to record a number of big-band albums, as well as working as an arranger for Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Rollins, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Johnny Hodges,Wes Montgomery, Buddy Rich, Jimmy Smith, Billy Taylor, Stanley Turrentine, Irene Reid, Gene Ammons and many others. He also led all-star big bands in various live performances between 1966 and 1975. Nelson continued to perform as a soloist during this period, though increasingly on soprano saxophone.

In 1967, Nelson moved to Los Angeles. Apart from his big-band appearances (in Berlin, Montreux, New York, and Los Angeles), he toured West Africa with a small group. He also spent a great deal of time composing music for television (Ironside, Night Gallery, Columbo, The Six Million Dollar Man and Longstreet) and films (Death of a Gunfighter and he arranged Gato Barbieri’s music for Last Tango in Paris). He produced and arranged for pop stars such as Nancy Wilson, James Brown, the Temptations, and Diana Ross. Less well-known is the fact that Nelson composed several symphonic works, and was also deeply involved in jazz education, returning to his alma mater, Washington University, in the summer of 1969 to lead a five-week long clinic that also featured such guest performers as Phil Woods, Mel Lewis, Thad Jones, Sir Roland Hanna, and Ron Carter. Nelson died of a heart attack on 28 October 1975, aged 43.


Prestige Records

  • 1959: Meet Oliver Nelson
  • 1960: Taking Care of Business
  • 1960: Images
  • 1960: Screamin’ the Blues
  • 1960: Soul Battle
  • 1960: Nocturne
  • 1961: Straight Ahead
  • 1961: Main Stem
  • 1962: Afro/American Sketches

Impulse! Records

  • 1961: The Blues and the Abstract Truth
  • 1964: More Blues and the Abstract Truth
  • 1966: Oliver Nelson Plays Michelle
  • 1966: Sound Pieces
  • 1966: Happenings with Hank Jones
  • 1967: The Spirit of ’67 with Pee Wee Russell
  • 1967: The Kennedy Dream
  • 1967: Live from Los Angeles
  • 1968: Soulful Brass with Steve Allen
  • 197_: Three Dimensions (a compilation album)

Flying Dutchman Records

  • 1968: Soulful Brass No. 2
  • 1969: Black Brown and Beautiful
  • 1970: The Mayor and the People
  • 1970: Berlin Dialogue for Orchestra
  • 1970: Leon Thomas In Berlin with Oliver Nelson
  • 1971: Swiss Suite
  • 1974: In London with Oily Rags
  • 1975: Skull Session
  • 1976: A Dream Deferred

Other labels

  • 1962: Full Nelson (Verve)
  • 1962: Impressions of Phaedra (United Artists)
  • 1964: Fantabulous (Argo)
  • 1966: Leonard Feather’s Encyclopedia of Jazz (Verve)
  • 1966: Leonard Feather Presents the Sound of Feeling and the Sound of Oliver Nelson (Verve)
  • 1967: Jazzhattan Suite (Verve)
  • 1973: Fugue and Bossa
  • 1975: Stolen Moments (East Wind Records/Inner City Records)

As arranger

With Air Pocket

  • Fly On (1975, East Wind Records)

With Mel Brown

  • Chicken Fat (Impulse!, 1967)

With Ray Brown and Milt Jackson

  • Ray Brown / Milt Jackson (Verve, 1965)

With Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis

  • Trane Whistle (Prestige, 1960)

With Art Farmer

  • Listen to Art Farmer and the Orchestra (Mercury, 1962)

With Carmen McRae

  • Portrait of Carmen (Atlantic, 1967)

With Shirley Scott

  • For Members Only (Impulse!, 1963)
  • Great Scott!! (Impulse!, 1964)
  • Roll ‘Em: Shirley Scott Plays the Big Bands (Impulse!, 1966)

With Jimmy Smith

  • Bashin’: The Unpredictable Jimmy Smith (Verve, 1962)
  • Hobo Flats (Verve, 1963)
  • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Verve, 1964)
  • Monster (Verve, 1965)
  • Peter and the Wolf (Verve, 1966)

With Wes Montgomery

  • Goin’ Out of My Head (Verve, 1965)

With Count Basie

  • Afrique (Flying Dutchman, 1970)

As sideman

With Manny Albam

  • Jazz Goes to the Movies (Impulse!, 1962)

With Mundell Lowe

  • Satan in High Heels (soundtrack) (Charlie Parker, 1961)

With Quincy Jones

  • The Quintessence (Impulse!, 1961)

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Stolen Moments (Oliver Nelson)

In Stolen Moments on October 5, 2012 at 8:42 am

“Stolen Moments” is a jazz standard composed by Oliver Nelson. It is a sixteen-bar piece (in an eight-six-two pattern), though the solos are on a conventional minor key 12 bar blues structure.

The piece first appeared as “The Stolen Moment” on the 1960 album Trane Whistle by Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, which was largely written and co-arranged by Oliver Nelson. It was not marked out as anything special, in fact the covernotes only mention that the trumpet solo is by Bob Bryant and that Eric Dolphy’s bass clarinet can be heard briefly on the closing. However, in the liner notes to Eric Dolphy: The Complete Prestige Recordings, Bill Kirchner states that this incorrectly credits Dolphy with playing what’s actually the baritone saxophone of George Barrow, with Dolphy’s contribution to the piece being the 2nd alto behind Nelson. Its first well-known recording was the version on Nelson’s own 1961 album The Blues and the Abstract Truth. Nelson’s solo on this version contains “possibly the most famous” use of the augmented scale in jazz.

Singer Mark Murphy wrote lyrics for his 1978 version.

Ann Fischer later wrote different lyrics to Nelson’s original melody. They were first recorded on the 1987 album The Carmen McRae-Betty Carter Duets. This vocal version of “Stolen Moments” was given the alternate title “You Belong to Her”


Oliver Nelson, himself, used the song as an album title (Inner City Records – IC 6008) in 1975. “Stolen Moments” has been recorded numerous times. In 1994 the title was used for a compilation album in the Red Hot AIDS Benefit Series, which helped popularize this and other jazz standards among a wider audience.

Some recorded versions:

  • 1966 by Booker Ervin on the album Structurally Sound
  • 1968 by Phil Woods and his European Rhythm Machine on the album Americans Swinging in Paris
  • 1970 by Ahmad Jamal, album The Awakening
  • 1975 by Oliver Nelson, album Stolen Moments
  • 1978 by Mark Murphy, album Stolen Moments
  • 1979 by Jimmy Raney and Doug Raney, a father and son jazz guitar duo, album Stolen Moments
  • 1988 by Frank Zappa on the album Broadway the Hard Way (trumpet solo by Walt Fowler); after the trumpet solo, Zappa invites Sting to sit in with the band, and he sings a unique, modified version of the Police song “Murder by Numbers” over the “Stolen Moments” vamp. The band finishes by returning to the Nelson melody.
  • 1990 by Lee Ritenour, album Stolen Moments
  • 1991 by Stanley Jordan, album Stolen Moments
  • 1991 by New York Voices on the album Heart of Fire.
  • 1994 by United Future Organization on the compilation album Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool
  • 1996 by Jimmy Smith on the album Angel Eyes
  • 2002 by Kenny Burrell, album Stolen Moments
  • 2003 by Gap Mangione, album Stolen Moments
  • 2005 by Telefon Tel Aviv, album Remixes Compiled
  • 2009 by Brownman Electryc Trio, album Juggernaut

Other artists that have recorded the piece: Ray Brown, Caribbean Jazz Project, Betty Carter, Sonny Criss, Joyce DiCamillo, Booker Ervin, Freddie Hubbard, Milt Jackson, J. J. Johnson, Quincy Jones, Oliver Lake, Andy LaVerne, Lorne Lofsky, Herbie Mann, Jon Mayer, Carmen McRae, One for All, Hilton Ruiz, Andy Summers, Bill Taylor, Turtle Island String Quartet, Sadao Watanabe,Grover Washington, Jr., Snakefinger, Avi Lebovich & The Orchestra, Soil & “Pimp” Sessions, Fancie, Brownman Ali.

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