Plays Count Basie

Plays Count Basie

by Oscar Peterson
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/18/2008
Label:
Verve
UPC:
0602517621367
catalogNumber:
001079602

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Oscar Peterson   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
Hollis King   Art Direction
Alex de Paola   Cover Photo
Mack David   Composer

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