Oscar Peterson Plays Duke Ellington [Compilation]

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Duke Ellington's music has long excited Oscar Peterson. So when Pablo, in 1999, decided to assemble a collection of Peterson's interpretations of Ellington favorites, the label had a lot to choose from. Spanning 1967-1986, this collection of Norman Granz-produced Pablo sides reminds us how rewarding a combination Peterson's pianism and the Duke's compositions can be. The most obscure piece on the CD is "Lady of the Lavender Mist," which Ellington recorded in 1947 and quit playing altogether in 1952. But most of the gems that Peterson interprets are well-known standards; even those with only a casual interest in jazz are likely to be familiar with "Cotton Tail," "Satin ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Duke Ellington's music has long excited Oscar Peterson. So when Pablo, in 1999, decided to assemble a collection of Peterson's interpretations of Ellington favorites, the label had a lot to choose from. Spanning 1967-1986, this collection of Norman Granz-produced Pablo sides reminds us how rewarding a combination Peterson's pianism and the Duke's compositions can be. The most obscure piece on the CD is "Lady of the Lavender Mist," which Ellington recorded in 1947 and quit playing altogether in 1952. But most of the gems that Peterson interprets are well-known standards; even those with only a casual interest in jazz are likely to be familiar with "Cotton Tail," "Satin Doll," "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," "In a Sentimental Mood," and "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good." Not all of the songs were actually written or cowritten by the Duke: "Take the A Train" is a Billy Strayhorn composition, while "Things Ain't What They Used to Be" was written by his son Mercer Ellington. But all of the songs were, at some point, in the Duke's repertoire, and even the songs that he didn't write himself were written or cowritten by those he employed. This CD isn't the last word on Peterson playing the Ellington songbook: He was playing Ellington's music long before signing with Pablo, and continued to perform it long after leaving the label in 1986. But it's a fine collection that Peterson's admirers will enjoy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/11/2000
  • Label: Pablo
  • UPC: 025218096621
  • Catalog Number: 2310966
  • Sales rank: 96,618

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Oscar Peterson Primary Artist, Piano
Cat Anderson Trumpet
Mercer Ellington Trumpet
Dizzy Gillespie Trumpet
Paul Gonsalves Saxophone
Louis Hayes Drums
Johnny Hodges Saxophone
Sam Jones Bass
Joe Pass Guitar
Cootie Williams Trumpet
Russell Procope Saxophone
Chuck Connors Trombone
Harry Carney Saxophone
Clark Terry Trumpet
Buster Cooper Trombone
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis Tenor Saxophone
Martin Drew Drums
Duke Ellington Piano
Jimmy Hamilton Saxophone
Niels-Henning ├śrsted Pedersen Bass
Herb Jones Trumpet
John Lamb Bass
David Young Bass
Chris Columbus Drums
Technical Credits
Mercer Ellington Composer
Phil Edwards Engineer
Kirk Felton Remastering
Don Hahn Engineer
David Luke Remixing
Val Valentin Engineer
Jamie Putnam Art Direction
Ted Persons Composer
Ken Dryden Liner Notes
Ed Green Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Pianist Combined with Music of Legendary Composer

    Although the entire CD is great, there are two track that are among the best jazz recordings I have ever heard.<BR/><BR/>Satin Doll, a famous Duke Ellington song has been played for so long at weddings, 50th Anniversary parties etc., that it has almost become a cliche', but Peterson's piano solo through the middle of the track is sensational.<BR/><BR/>The medley of Perdido and Caravan are even better. The back and forth playing with guitarist Joe Pass in perdido is seemless - it often takes several bars before you realize there is a change in instrument, and Peterson's playing immediately following the segue into Caravan is astonishing. At times it is just impossible to believe that only a single pianist is playong here.<BR/><BR/>The CD is highly recommended for Oscar Peterson fans and Jazz Piano lovers alike.

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