Oscar Peterson – Plays Count Basie (1955/2015) [ProStudioMasters FLAC 24bit/192kHz]

Oscar Peterson – Plays Count Basie (1955/2015)

FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 44:49 minutes | 1,67 GB | Genre: Jazz
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This 1955 release finds pianist Oscar Peterson delving into the Count Basie songbook, one of several albums Peterson recorded in the 1950s dedicated to specific composers. He is surrounded by a stunning line-up of talent here, namely Ray Brown on double bass, guitarist Herb Ellis and legendary drummer Buddy Rich.

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.

01 – Lester Leaps In
02 – Easy Does It
03 – 9:20 Special
04 – Jumpin’ At The Woodside
05 – Blues For Basie
06 – Broadway
07 – Blue And Sentimental
08 – Topsy
09 – One O’Clock Jump
10 – Jive At Five

Produced by Norman Granz.
Mastering engineer: Kevin Reeves (4th Floor Studios).

Oscar Peterson – piano
Ray Brown – double bass
Herb Ellis – guitar
Buddy Rich – drums