New Oscar Pettiford Sextet

The New Oscar Pettiford Sextet

by Oscar Pettiford
     
 
One of the earliest bassists on the bebop scene in 1940s New York, Oscar Pettiford was also an unusually intrepid experimenter when it came to instrumentation. His cello playing is justly famous, and on the seven tracks that form the core of this reissue CD Pettiford includes a French horn (played by Julian Watkins) in the sextet. But most noteworthy of all is the

Overview

One of the earliest bassists on the bebop scene in 1940s New York, Oscar Pettiford was also an unusually intrepid experimenter when it came to instrumentation. His cello playing is justly famous, and on the seven tracks that form the core of this reissue CD Pettiford includes a French horn (played by Julian Watkins) in the sextet. But most noteworthy of all is the quality of his compositions. "Pendulum at Falcon's Lair" is a piece of world-class bebop writing, while "Tamalpais Love Song" is almost classical in its structure, achieving a counterintuitive combination of complexity and simple beauty. In addition to the seven tracks from Pettiford's original 1953 session, this reissue includes four more that he recorded as sideman to saxophonist Serge Chaloff in 1949 -- the four are more strictly in the bop tradition and are, unfortunately, not recorded quite as well, but they demonstrate Pettiford's exceptional skill as an accompanist.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/30/1999
Label:
Ojc
UPC:
0025218192620
catalogNumber:
1926
Rank:
99651

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Oscar Pettiford   Primary Artist,Bass,Cello
Barbara Carroll   Piano
Serge Chaloff   Baritone Saxophone
Terry Gibbs   Vibes
Charles Mingus   Bass
Red Rodney   Trumpet
Phil Urso   Tenor Saxophone
Julius Watkins   French Horn
Jan Johansson   Piano
Earl Swope   Trombone
Cohn   Tenor Saxophone
Denzil Best   Snare Drums
Walter Bishop   Piano
Percy Brice   Snare Drums
Louis Hjulmand   Vibes

Technical Credits

Leonard Feather   Producer
Terry Gibbs   Composer
Shorty Rogers   Arranger,Composer

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