Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The New Oscar Pettiford Sextet

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.
Rick Anderson

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-new-oscar-pettiford-sextet-mw0000050352

Oscar Pettiford
The New Oscar Pettiford Sextet


1 Pendulum at Falcon's Lair (Pettiford)  4:47
2 Tamalpais Love Song (Pettiford)  3:57
3 Jack the Fieldstalker (Pettiford)  4:37
4 Fru Bruel (Hjulmand)  5:23
5 Stockholm Sweetnin' (Jones)  4:16
6 Low and Behold (Pettiford)  3:31
7 I Succumb to Temptation (Hjulmand)  5:38
8 Chickasaw (Gibbs / Shorty Rogers)  2:55
9 Bop Scotch (Chaloff)  3:16
10 The Most  (Cohn)  2:54
11 Chasin' the Bass (Feather)  2:31

[# 1-7]
Oscar Pettiford - cel & b [# 2]
Phil Urso - ts
Julius Watkins - fr hrn
Walter Bishop - p
Charles Mingus - b
Percy Heath - dr
On [# 4 & 7] Louis Hjulmand - vb & Jan Johansson - p, are added
Recorded in New York City ; December 29, 1953
[# 8-11]
Oscar Pettiford - b
Red Rodney - tp
Earl Swope - tb
Al Cohn - ts
Serge Chaloff - bs
Barbara Carroll - p
Terry Gibbs - vb
Denzil Best - dr
Shorty Rogers - arr.
Recorded in New York City ; March 10, 1949


Melanchthon said...


deGallo said...

Thank you. Didn't have this.

Frasco said...

Many thanks for these two Pettiford shares, Melanchthon. He was one of the biggest bassist of his era, I love his music!

steve said...

Thank you "M" for the Pettiford posts. I am always interested in listening to his music. Thanks for all you do to share jazz.

jazzfan1 said...

Broken link, alas . . .

onxidlib said...

Link is still working - Thank you for this excellent outing.