Oscar Peterson Plays Count Basie

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
On the face of it, pianist Oscar Peterson whose virtuosity always allowed him to play an infinite amount of notes and Count Basie who made inventive use of silence and space by emphasizing single rhythmic sounds would seem to have had little in common. However they both swing, and there was a definite overlapping in their repertoire. Peterson's Basie tribute is a near-masterpiece. With guitarist Herb Ellis, bassist Ray Brown, and guest drummer Buddy Rich all playing quite sympathetically, Peterson's arrangements make the nine Basie-associated songs along with Peterson's original "Blues for Basie" all sound quite fresh and lightly swinging. Quite a few of these renditions ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
On the face of it, pianist Oscar Peterson whose virtuosity always allowed him to play an infinite amount of notes and Count Basie who made inventive use of silence and space by emphasizing single rhythmic sounds would seem to have had little in common. However they both swing, and there was a definite overlapping in their repertoire. Peterson's Basie tribute is a near-masterpiece. With guitarist Herb Ellis, bassist Ray Brown, and guest drummer Buddy Rich all playing quite sympathetically, Peterson's arrangements make the nine Basie-associated songs along with Peterson's original "Blues for Basie" all sound quite fresh and lightly swinging. Quite a few of these renditions particularly "Easy Does It," "9:20 Special," "Broadway," and "One O'Clock Jump" are instantly memorable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/18/2008
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602517621367
  • Catalog Number: 001079602
  • Sales rank: 15,808

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lester Leaps In (3:58)
  2. 2 Easy Does It (6:28)
  3. 3 9:20 Special (3:40)
  4. 4 Jumping at the Woodside (5:42)
  5. 5 Blues for Basie (3:34)
  6. 6 Broadway (4:31)
  7. 7 Blue and Sentimental (2:29)
  8. 8 Topsy (4:22)
  9. 9 One O'Clock Jump (5:49)
  10. 10 Jive at Five (4:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Oscar Peterson Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Piano
Herb Ellis Guitar
Buddy Rich Drums
Ray Brown Bass
Technical Credits
Count Basie Composer
Billy Bird Composer
Norman Granz Producer
Jerry Livingston Composer
Teddy McRae Composer
Aric Lach Morrison Reissue Production Assistance
Phil Schaap Reissue Restoration, Reissue Research
Jon Schapiro Reissue Production Assistance
Izzy Art Direction
Henri Woode Composer
Gary N. Mayo Mastering
Hollis King Art Direction
Alex de Paola Cover Photo
Mack David Composer
Seth Foster Mastering
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