Oscar Peterson – Oscar Peterson Jam Montreux ‘77 (1977)
OJC Pablo | 1977 | Jazz | EAC RIP | FLAC+CUE+LOG+HQ-Covers (400Dpi) | 340Mb+7Mb
Not just another Oscar Peterson album (nothing wrong with that anyway!), this also features Clark Terry and Dizzy Gillespie on Trumpets and Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis on Tenor sax, as well as NHOP on bass and Bobby Durham on drums.
The first track starts at a ferocious pace and never lets up. The story about the title of this first track (Ali and Frazier) is told in the sleeve notes. Count Basie was sitting in the musicians room watching the concert on a TV monitor and noticed how serious the musicians were (you'd have to be serious the speed they are playing the piece at) and said:"Those cats aren't joking, they know what's coming up". At the end of the first number he turned to Norman Granz and said "Just like Ali and Frazier".
Track 3 is a steady rolling version of "Things Ain't What They Used To" which if the tempo is way down on the first number reaches some fantastic crescendo's - noteably Peterson's rolling tremelo at the end of his solo. The crowd are roaring at the end of this number. The album features some of the Giants of Jazz and is well worth getting.