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The Oscar Peterson & Nelson Riddle

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
The Nelson Riddle Orchestra was always great enough to play music for film and television soundtracks, and accompany the greatest of stars, including Louis Jordan, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, and Antonio Carlos Jobim, among many others. For the band to back up the 1963 version of the Oscar Peterson trio with bassist Ray Brown and drummer Ed Thigpen might have created some tension, with Peterson always wanting to cut loose and go over the top as opposed to the silky smooth sound Riddle favored. Fortunately, Peterson strikes a balance between playing it cool and lettin' 'er rip on this collection of standards with the dinner hour in mind. Though not ...
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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
The Nelson Riddle Orchestra was always great enough to play music for film and television soundtracks, and accompany the greatest of stars, including Louis Jordan, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, and Antonio Carlos Jobim, among many others. For the band to back up the 1963 version of the Oscar Peterson trio with bassist Ray Brown and drummer Ed Thigpen might have created some tension, with Peterson always wanting to cut loose and go over the top as opposed to the silky smooth sound Riddle favored. Fortunately, Peterson strikes a balance between playing it cool and lettin' 'er rip on this collection of standards with the dinner hour in mind. Though not exclusively subtle and romantic, Riddle and Peterson strike a golden bipartisan compromise in rendering these well-known American popular songs into quietly burning embers of pure delight. It's a predictable mix, but so warm and heartfelt that one has to commend the participants for allowing each other their own personal ideas without selling out. Riddle's contribution was to form a unique group, unfortunately all unattributed, of ten cellos no violins or violas, five horns, three flutes, a harp, and a percussion section. No one section dominates, which is the beauty of the famed arranger/composer/bandleader's concept. Summarily, Peterson chooses to not clash with the instruments as he trades phrases while generally not playing along with them. This non-interruptive dialogue makes for communication that creates the best chemistry from a dynamic standpoint. In the case of "Come Sunday," Riddle's unadulterated chart of Duke Ellington's immortal composition finds Peterson in perfect sway, while separate and equal bluesy proportions of Count Basie-like melody earmark the easy swinging "Judy." There's more Basie included in the concise, three-minute "Someday My Prince Will Come" with good new lines from Peterson, while a great rendition of "A Sleeping Bee" recalls the Frank Foster years with Basie with lots of counterpoint as the cello tentet adds considerable depth to the proceedings. A pastoral mood hovers over "My Foolish Heart" with the your turn-my turn piano-orchestra's respectful trading of melody in full regalia, while the flute section takes the serene beauty image further during the Peterson-Gene Lees composition "Nightingale" and the always lovely "Portrait of Jenny." The version of "'Round Midnight" is an example of Peterson going off a bit on the arpeggiated side amongst a fairly stock horn chart, but utterly lovely, and not too creamy. Again -- this is not a soft and fuzzy overstrung effort dominated by cheese or cotton candy, but instead a quietly strong, rich, fully evocative set of great tracks that emphasize the undercurrent rather than the overflow of emotions. It is unusual in a starkly emotional sense of being, but the way all projects of this size and nature should be approached -- with taste, class, and a healthy portion of restraint.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/27/2009
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602517909007
  • Catalog Number: 001236602
  • Sales rank: 97,314

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nelson Riddle Primary Artist
Oscar Peterson Piano
Ed Thigpen Drums
Ray Brown Bass, Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Kurt Weill Composer
Frank Sinatra Author
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Oscar Peterson Composer, Author
Gene Lees Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Jim Davis Audio Production
Duke Ellington Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Thelonious Monk Composer
Nelson Riddle Arranger, Author, Orchestration
Kevin Reeves Mastering
Rafael O. Valentin Engineer
Val Valentin Director Of Engineering
Ned Washington Composer
Victor Young Composer
Truman Capote Composer
Hollis King Art Direction
Frank Churchill Composer
J. Russel Robinson Composer
Larry Morey Composer
Sammy Lerner Composer
Gordon Burdge Composer
James T. Maher Liner Notes
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