Live in Baden, Switzerland

Live in Baden, Switzerland

by Oliver Jones
     
 
After the late Oscar Peterson, Oliver Jones is likely one of the best-known pianists native to Canada. This concert was recorded in Baden, Switzerland in 1990, but wasn't issued until the spring of 2012. The pianist is joined by two expatriate Americans, bassist Reggie Johnson and drummer Ed Thigpen (who

Overview

After the late Oscar Peterson, Oliver Jones is likely one of the best-known pianists native to Canada. This concert was recorded in Baden, Switzerland in 1990, but wasn't issued until the spring of 2012. The pianist is joined by two expatriate Americans, bassist Reggie Johnson and drummer Ed Thigpen (who worked in Oscar Peterson's trio) for the performance and they gel together quite nicely. Jones' style has some Peterson-like flourishes at times, particularly in the opening to the breezy setting of "Falling in Love with Love" and his dazzling right hand in "Emily." The pianist's robust interpretation of Freddie Hubbard's jazz waltz "Up Jumped Spring" displays a master's touch, while his gospel roots are showcased in his energetic, extended workout of the hymn "Just a Closer Walk with Thee." Jones also excels as a composer with his deliberate, glistening blues "Something for Chuck" and his infectious, in-the-pocket "Blues for Helen." It's hard not to invite comparisons to Oscar Peterson in Jones' lyrical, thoughtful solo rendition of Thelonious Monk's "'Round Midnight." It's only fitting that Oliver Jones concludes his set with Peterson's dramatic, gospel-drenched "Hymn to Freedom." This concert is easily one of the high points of Oliver Jones' discography.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/14/2012
Label:
Justin Time Records
UPC:
0068944024322
catalogNumber:
243
Rank:
136418

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Oliver Jones   Primary Artist,Piano
Reggie Johnson   Bass
Ed Thigpen   Drums

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Oliver Jones   Composer
Oscar Peterson   Composer
Bill King   Cover Photo
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Freddie Hubbard   Composer
Johnny Mandel   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Peter Pfister   Engineer
Bill King   Cover Photo
Jim West   Executive Producer
Richard Rogers   Composer
Ted O'Reilly   Liner Notes
Harriette Hamilton   Composer

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