The New Oscar Pettiford Sextet

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/30/1999
  • Label: Ojc
  • UPC: 025218192620
  • Catalog Number: 1926
  • Sales rank: 89,932

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
Al Cohn Tenor Saxophone
Denzil Best Snare Drums
Walter Bishop Sr. Piano
Percy Brice Snare Drums
Louis Hjulmand Vibes
Technical Credits
Leonard Feather Producer
Terry Gibbs Composer
Shorty Rogers Arranger, Composer
Kirk Felton Remastering
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