Encyclopedia of Jazz

Encyclopedia of Jazz (full title Leonard Feather Encyclopedia of Jazz (in the Sixties) Volume One: The Blues) is an album released on the Verve label compiled by jazz journalist Leonard Feather featuring tracks which were recorded to accompany Feather's Encyclopedia of Jazz in the Sixties .[1][2] The album features three tracks by the Encyclopedia of Jazz All Stars arranged and conducted by Oliver Nelson along with one track each by Jimmy Smith with Wes Montgomery, Count Basie and Johnny Hodges with Earl Hines.

Encyclopedia of Jazz
Studio album by
RecordedOctober 8, 1965, January 14, 1966, September 28, 1966 and November 3 & 4, 1966
StudioNYC and Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
V/V6 8677
ProducerCreed Taylor
Oliver Nelson chronology
Encyclopedia of Jazz
The Sound of Feeling


Professional ratings
Review scores

The Allmusic site awarded the album 3 stars stating "This diverse LP, which was released in conjunction with Leonard Feather's Encyclopedia of Jazz in the Sixties, is most significant for including three songs by a group led by arranger Oliver Nelson that was called "Leonard Feather's Encyclopedia of Jazz All-Stars"".[3]

Track listing

  1. "St. Louis Blues" (W. C. Handy) - 6:10
  2. "I Remember Bird" (Leonard Feather) - 6:25
  3. "John Brown's Blues" (Traditional) - 3:20
  4. "OGD" (Wes Montgomery) - 5:15
  5. "Blues for Eileen" (Eric Dixon) - 5:45
  6. "C Jam Blues" (Duke Ellington) - 5:05
  • Recorded in New York City on October 8, 1965 (track 5) and January 14, 1966 (track 6) and at Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, NJ on September 28, 1966 (track 4), November 3, 1966 (tracks 1 & 2) and November 4 (track 3).


Tracks 1-3:

Track 4:

Track 5:

Track 6:


  1. Verve Records Catalog: 8600 series, accessed February 4, 2016
  2. Payne, D. Oliver Nelson Discography, accessed February 4, 2016
  3. Yanow, Scott. Encyclopedia of Jazz in the '60s, Vol. 1: The Blues – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
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