Sonny Rollins composed “Oleo” in 1954 and Miles Davis recorded the song on the album “Bags Groove.” Miles also recorded two of Rollins’ other compositions on that album and they have all become jazz standards. This video is from Denmark 1965 with Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (NHOP) on bass, and Alan Dawson on drums.
“Oleo” got its name from oleomargarine the butter substitute. Apparently it was all the rage back then. Even though there are lower fat alternatives these days, I haven’t been substituting much butter this delicious holiday season. But the holidays are over now. I had generous visits from The Great Pumpkin, The Horn Of Plenty, The Sugar Plum Faeries, and Kwanzaa’s Dili of Soul Food (if that’s not a thing it should be). I also seem to have had a visit from some sort of evil mythical pants tightening creature because I know four months of near constant carbohydrate consumption could not possibly have done this much damage! So, in addition to my “Blog 100 Days” pledge, I’m starting a 100 day “Put The Friggin’ Cookie Down And Have A Salad Already” pledge… right after I finish this bag of cookies. What?? They’re Milanos!