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4.0 out of 5 stars OSCAR PETTIFORD-NONET AND OCTET, November 28, 2008
This review is from: Nonet & Octet 1954-55 (Audio CD)
One disc,56 minutes approximately. Does not say if this has been digitally remastered,however,the sound is clean and has a good warm sound to the recording. This set is two different albums-one recorded in 1954 and the other in 1955. This set is under Oscar Pettiford's name simply because he was one of the best bassists in jazz.

Having played with people like Coleman Hawkins,Earl Hines,Ben Webster,Dizzy Gillespie,Duke Ellington,and Woody Herman,Pettiford eventually formed his own group. Besides being a good bass player,Pettiford formed his own group in order to play his own compositions as well as any others he wished. This set is all about group interaction-the bass is not a lead instrument. Besides Pettiford on the first six tracks ,the musicians consist of Clark Terry and Joe Wilder-trumpets,Jimmy Cleveland-trombone,Dave Schildkraut-alto sax,Jimmy Hamilton-clarinet and tenor sax,Danny Bank-baritone sax,Joe Knight-piano,and Ossie Johnson-drums. These tracks are good swinging jazz so popular in the mid-fifties. Everyone gets to solo while the rest of the group comps along in the background. This is polite,disciplined jazz,which has been well arranged.

The final set from 1955 is similar,and follows a similar path of well thought out jazz. This group,with Pettiford,consists of Donald Byrd and Ernie Royal-trumpets,Bob Brookmeyer-trombone,Jerome Richardson-flute and tenor sax,Gigi Gryce-alto sax,Don Abney-piano,and again Ossie Johnson-drums. This set has a few more tracks in mid-tempo than the first group-but all are very enjoyable. STARDUST is a bass solo/piano duet that shows just how good Pettiford was on his chosen instrument. SCORPIO is another fine track with an outstanding arrangement. The compositions of these two records will tell the listener a lot about what this music is about. Ellington,Clark Terry,Quincy Jones,Mary Lou Williams and Pettiford wrote the majority of the songs.

This is excellent,unassuming music,played by some of the finest jazz musicians of the day. It is subtle in it's presentation and requires the listener's attention. In this fast-paced world,this demands the listener to sit down,maybe with a favorite beverage, and just enjoy some fine jazz. The booklet is informative-giving a short overview of Pettiford,the two albums,the songs,and the players. Intelligent and relaxing,and very refined-much like a fine wine-just listen. Another fine recording of Pettiford's is IN A CELLO MOOD. Don't let the title fool you-read my review-the music's great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oscar Pettiford, March 14, 2013
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Charles Neville (Huntington, MA, US) - See all my reviews
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I've been a fan of Oscar Pettiford since the 1950s. His playing and the arrangements are great examples of the "The Great American Art Form", JAZZ.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oscar Pettiford, July 7, 2012
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extraordinary bassist. Outstanding jazz player. Went to Essen Jazz Festival, Germany where people appreciate jazz. Never returned. Plays extraordinary solos.
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