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THE WOW FACTOR SET BY SATCHMO, ELLINGTON AND OSCAR PETERSON!,
This review is from: Three Classic Albums Plus (Recording Together For The First Time / The Great Reunion / Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson) (Audio CD)
Another excellent budget-priced double-disc delight from Avid Jazz combines the two Roulette albums Louis Armstrong recorded with the equally iconic Duke Ellington during on two consecutive sessions on April 3rd and 4th, 1961 in New York, with both legends aided by Barney Bigard (clarinet), Trummy Young (trombone), Mort Herbert (bass) and Danny Barcelona (drums). The two albums were entitled RECORDING TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME (1961) followed by THE GREAT REUNION (1963). What you get are incredible versions of MOOD INDIGO, IN A MELLOW TONE and JUST SQUEEZE ME but its almost invidious to select such all-Ellington treasures when the standards set throughout this summit meeting are so high. You don’t necessarily need to be a jazz fanatic to appreciate this mutual admiration get-together of two giants who influenced jazz and early pop music to such a degree. Adding twelve outtakes (nine complete/three incomplete) simply extends the listening pleasure. Just superb in every way and on a par with those classic Verve Satchmo/Ella get-togethers!
However, it doesn’t stop there as fast-forwarding back to October 14th 1957, recalls a similar auspicious date when the album LOUIS ARMSTRONG MEETS OSCAR PETERSON was laid down at Capitol Studios, Hollywood. With the two jazz protagonists backed up by Herb Ellis (guitar), Ray Brown (bass) and Louie Bellson (drums), all was set for some excellent reinterpretations of popular songs by pianist/singer & trumpeter with BLUES IN THE NIGHT, THAT OLD FEELING, YOU GO TO MY HEAD and LET’S FALL IN LOVE amongst the chosen repertoire and the outcome was a triumph with Satchmo and Oscar in tune on very level.
Supplied with original graphics, liner notes and Avid‘s remastered sound, this release must be viewed as an essential purchase.