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When Oscar Pettiford first arrived in Germany in September 1958, he could scarcely believe the enthusiasm with which his music was received there. Not that he had been short of success to that point - he had been a pioneer of bebop in the quintet of Dizzy Gillespie and Max Roach even before Charlie Parker's breakthrough. It was the dawn of a new jazz era and with it the bass became a solo instrument. These sessions resulted in a set of unique recordings, standards mostly, which provided the alternating ensembles with a harmonic basis from which to launch into improvisation.
In this stellar release, proceedings start out with But Not For Me, a duo track featuring Dusko Goykovich on muted trumpet, with Pettiford demonstrating his robust tone and agile technique. Lucky Thompson on soprano sax follows with an interesting and tasteful rendition of Ellington's Sophisticated Lady supported by Pettiford's fastidious bass. Hoagy Carmichael's lovely ballad The Nearness Of You is accorded a beautiful reading with Hans Koller on tenor sax and a bold lyrical solo from Pettiford.
Audio Remasterers: Manfred Deppe; Andrea Walz.
Liner Note Author: Ulli Pfau.
Recording information: Stadthalle Karlsruhe (12/03/1958); SWF Baden-Baden (12/03/1958); Stadthalle Karlsruhe (1959-07-15&1959-06-14&1959-); SWF Baden-Baden (1959-07-15&1959-06-14&1959-).
Photographer: Hans Haehl.
Translator: Alan Seaton.
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