teacher, and photographer who was a member of The Glenn Miller Orchestra on
their 1972 re-recording of Miller standards, The Best of the Glenn Miller Orchestra in Stereo.
recommended him to Woody Herman, and he subsequently became a trumpeter
with Woody Herman & The Thundering Herd. One of the first albums he did with
them was Children of Lima,
recorded in 1974 and 1975.
time, Nelson paid it forward by recommending composer/trumpeter Allen Vizzutti to Herman. Herman was initially unconvinced, so
Nelson made a tape of Vizzutti’s music, and
the sale was closed. Nelson
would go on to appear on a string of Woody Herman albums: Herd
at Montreux, King Cobra, Woody Herman
and His Big Band in Poland, Road
Father, Together: Flip and Woody, and Chick, Donald, Walter & Woodrow.
In 1979, he
hooked up with the Louie Bellson Big Band on Dynamite!, and appeared with Bob
Florence on Live at Concerts by the
Sea and Frank Sinatra on his boxed set, Trilogy. The 1980s
found him collaborating with Les Hooper on Raisin’ the Roof, Bob Florence on Magic Time, and Doug Cameron on Freeway Mentality. His
last original recording seems to be Simone’s 1996 Christmas album, 25 De Diciembre.
stocking stuffers abound, in the form of Bob Bailey’s Looking Forward, Neil Norman’s
Sci-Fi in Hi-Fi,
and Flip Phillips’ Smooth as
Silk. Anthologies such as RCA Victor 80th Anniversary,
however, might look better under the tree.