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Count Basie Encounters Oscar Peterson


  • 1. Buns Blues
    2. These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)
    3. R B
    4. Burning
    5. Exactly Like You
    6. Jumpin' at the Woodside
    7. Louie B.
    8. Lester Leaps In
    9. Big Stockings
    10. S & J Blues
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 959

  • Credits
    ProducerNorman Granz
    Engineer

    Personnel: Count Basie (piano, organ); Oscar Peterson (piano); Freddie Green (guitar); Ray Brown (bass); Louis Bellson (drums).
    Recorded at MGM Recording Studio, Los Angeles, California on December 2, 1974. Includes notes by Benny Green and Norman Granz.
    Personnel: Count Basie (piano, organ); Oscar Peterson (piano); Freddie Green (guitar); Ray Brown (bass); Louis Bellson (drums).
    Recorded at MGM Recording Studio, Los Angeles, California on December 2, 1974. Includes liner notes by Benny Green and Norman Granz.
    Digitally remastered by JVC using XRCD (Extended Resolution Compact Disc) technology.
    Personnel: Count Basie (piano, organ); Freddie Green (guitar); Oscar Peterson (piano); Louie Bellson (drums).
    Audio Remasterer: Phil DeLancie.
    Recording information: MGM Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA (12/02/1974).
    This wonderful session pairs two of the titans of jazz piano in a wonderfully laid-back journey into blues, swing, and ivory-tickling conversation. While the playing styles of Oscar Peterson and Count Basie are markedly different--with Basie's spare, perfectly rendered rhythmic bursts lending sweet contrast to Peterson's long, mellifluous phrases--they blend, spar, and play off of each other with exceptional ease.
    At times, Peterson's bop-inflected vocabulary comes to the fore, as on the insistent interplay of "Burning" and the cool, fluid swing of "Lester Leaps In." Basie never sounds out of context, however. On the contrary, his stride origins and deceptively simple approach weave and punctuate Peterson's work with a thoroughly modern feel. The leisurely stroll of "The Foolish Things" and the ragtime-influenced jam of "Big Stockings" prove both pianists masters of versatility and expression. Flawless support from drummer Louie Bellson, bassist Ray Brown, and long-time Basie guitarist Freddie Green help make this meeting a keeper.

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