Jazz Giants '58

Jazz Giants '58

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by Oscar Peterson Trio
     
 
Producer Norman Granz (1918-2001) had an uncanny ability to create really amazing jazz albums by experimenting with the combinative chemistry of musical minds, temperaments, and personalities. While not every Granz session resulted in recordings of equal depth or profundity, the number of artistically rewarding, genre-defining albums that came together under his

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Producer Norman Granz (1918-2001) had an uncanny ability to create really amazing jazz albums by experimenting with the combinative chemistry of musical minds, temperaments, and personalities. While not every Granz session resulted in recordings of equal depth or profundity, the number of artistically rewarding, genre-defining albums that came together under his supervision is almost difficult for the human mind to fully comprehend. One fine example is Jazz Giants '58, a Verve album recorded inside the rented Capitol studios in Hollywood, CA on August 1, 1957 and released almost exactly one year later. The 2008 Japanese CD reissue faithfully reproduces the original cover art and makes this outstanding music available in immaculately remastered sound. Although it has since come to be identified mainly with Stan Getz, Jazz Giants '58 feels a lot like a Gerry Mulligan session, with Harry "Sweets" Edison perfectly complementing the other two horns. To support and illuminate the trumpet, tenor, and baritone saxes, Granz used his preferred rhythm trio -- Oscar Peterson, Herb Ellis, and Ray Brown -- and added master percussionist Louie Bellson, fully primed after working for his wife Pearl Bailey, his hero Duke Ellington, and with Granz's internationally famous Jazz at the Philharmonic project. This was the blossoming of the great era of long-playing records, and the participants clearly relished the opportunity to stretch out and jam together in a relaxed, intimate studio environment. "Chocolate Sundae," a ten-minute collectively improvised blues of incredible warmth and irresistible texture, is followed by seven- and eight-minute sets of creative variations on a couple of tunes that were in the air during the '50s. The nearly 12-minute manifestation of the patented Norman Granz "Ballad Medley" is especially powerful by virtue of starting out with Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life." An extended romp through the changes of Dizzy Gillespie's "Woody N You" (a tribute to the progressive sensibilities of bandleader Woody Herman penned during the 1940s) adds pure undiluted pleasure to an album that already sounds and feels like some of the best music ever recorded by any of the participants under any circumstances.

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Release Date:
03/18/2008
Label:
Verve
UPC:
0602517621329
catalogNumber:
001079302

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Jazz Giants '58 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
DonnieTheB More than 1 year ago
Most fans of cool jazz will find this album quite engaging. Although credited as a Stan Getz date on packaging, it's more like a Gerry Mulligan date - and he was the main arranger. Getz and Oscar Peterson are excellent on all the tunes. Mulligan is terrific except where he has to shoulder the lead on "Lush Life" - might should have rehearsed more. I was not expecting to appreciate Harry Edison too much, but overall he was not bad. His always muted trumpet was out of place on "Woody 'n' You" however and his solo there showed his shortcomings. Ray Brown is a solid bass man and showed that here. Herb Ellis' fills on "Chocolate Sundae" seemed a bit inappropriate at times but his solo there shined. Louie Bellson provided solid rhythm throughout. This is highly recommended for fans of Mulligan, Getz or Petetrson.