Saturday, October 2, 2010

Oscar Peterson - Oscar Peterson and the Bassist

This is an interesting CD, one of many taken from the concerts sponsored by Pablo Records at the 1977 Montreux Jazz Festival. Pianist Oscar Peterson is teamed in an unusual trio with both Ray Brown and Niels Pedersen  on basses. Sticking to standards and two blues on the boppish set, Peterson allows both of his sidemen plenty of solo space, permitting listeners to compare the large tone of Brown with the speedy fingers of Pedersen. - by Scott Yanow, AMG

Oscar Peterson is one of the few monster speed players who can stay musical. This CD is an absolute essential for bassists esspecially. Neils Henning Orsted-Pederson is one of the first real upright burners, his lines are so fast an clean. This juxaposed to the late great Ray Browns beautifull melodies and tasty chops is a course in Everything you need to know to play upright. Rays impecible time keeps this cd moving along, leaving no desire for a drummer. Although all of them overplay and show off past the point of musicality, with three of the most advanced and inovative musicians in thier fields, this cd is a must have. - by Adam Frederick, Amazon.com

Artist: Oscar Peterson & The Bassist
Album: Montreux '77
Year: 1977 (Pablo)
Label: OJC (1989)
Runtime: 47:20

Tracks:
1.  There Is No Greater Love (Isham Jones/Marty Symes) 6:18
2.  You Look Good to Me (Seymour Lefco/Clement Wells) 7:02
3.  People (Bob Merrill/Jule Styne) 6:31
4.  Reunion Blues (Milt Jackson) 6:46
5.  Teach Me Tonight (Sammy Cahn/Gene DePaul) 9:05
6.  Sweet Georgia Brown (Ben Bernie/Kenneth Casey/Maceo Pinkard) 5:10
7.  Soft Winds (Benny Goodman) 6:26

Personnel:
Oscar Peterson (Piano)
Ray Brown (Double Bass)
Niels Henning Oersted-Pedersen (Double Bass)

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