Oscar Peterson Plays Duke Ellington [Compilation]

Oscar Peterson Plays Duke Ellington [Compilation]

by Oscar Peterson


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Duke Ellington's music has long excited Oscar Peterson. So when Pablo, in 1999, decided to assemble a collection of Peterson's interpretations of Ellington favorites, the label had a lot to choose from. Spanning 1967-1986, this collection of Norman Granz-produced Pablo sides reminds us how rewarding a combination Peterson's pianism and the Duke's compositions can be. The most obscure piece on the CD is "Lady of the Lavender Mist," which Ellington recorded in 1947 and quit playing altogether in 1952. But most of the gems that Peterson interprets are well-known standards; even those with only a casual interest in jazz are likely to be familiar with "Cotton Tail," "Satin Doll," "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," "In a Sentimental Mood," and "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good." Not all of the songs were actually written or cowritten by the Duke: "Take the A Train" is a Billy Strayhorn composition, while "Things Ain't What They Used to Be" was written by his son Mercer Ellington. But all of the songs were, at some point, in the Duke's repertoire, and even the songs that he didn't write himself were written or cowritten by those he employed. This CD isn't the last word on Peterson playing the Ellington songbook: He was playing Ellington's music long before signing with Pablo, and continued to perform it long after leaving the label in 1986. But it's a fine collection that Peterson's admirers will enjoy.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/11/2000
Label: Pablo
UPC: 0025218096621
catalogNumber: 2310966
Rank: 54253

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Oscar Peterson   Primary Artist,Piano
Cat Anderson   Trumpet
Mercer Ellington   Trumpet
Dizzy Gillespie   Trumpet
Paul Gonsalves   Saxophone
Louis Hayes   Drums
Johnny Hodges   Saxophone
Sam Jones   Bass
Joe Pass   Guitar
Cootie Williams   Trumpet
Russell Procope   Saxophone
Chuck Connors   Trombone
Harry Carney   Saxophone
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Buster Cooper   Trombone
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis   Tenor Saxophone
Martin Drew   Drums
Duke Ellington   Piano
Jimmy Hamilton   Saxophone
Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen   Bass
John Lamb   Bass
David Young   Bass
Chris Columbus   Drums
Herbie Jones   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Mercer Ellington   Composer
Phil Edwards   Engineer
Don Hahn   Engineer
David Luke   Remixing
Val Valentin   Engineer
Jamie Putnam   Art Direction
Ted Persons   Composer
Ken Dryden   Liner Notes
Ed Green   Engineer
Hans Lengsfelder   Composer

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Oscar Peterson Plays Duke Ellington [Compilation] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although the entire CD is great, there are two track that are among the best jazz recordings I have ever heard.

Satin Doll, a famous Duke Ellington song has been played for so long at weddings, 50th Anniversary parties etc., that it has almost become a cliche', but Peterson's piano solo through the middle of the track is sensational.

The medley of Perdido and Caravan are even better. The back and forth playing with guitarist Joe Pass in perdido is seemless - it often takes several bars before you realize there is a change in instrument, and Peterson's playing immediately following the segue into Caravan is astonishing. At times it is just impossible to believe that only a single pianist is playong here.

The CD is highly recommended for Oscar Peterson fans and Jazz Piano lovers alike.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago