The Resonance Big Band Plays Tribute to Oscar Peterson

The Resonance Big Band Plays Tribute to Oscar Peterson

by Resonance Big BandResonance Big Band

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The more memorable jazz tributes are not the ones that offer slavish re-creations of an artist's work. Rather, the most memorable jazz tributes are the ones that interpret an artist's work and take some chances, which is what happens on The Resonance Big Band Plays the Legacy of Oscar Peterson. As its title indicates, this two-disc set (which contains a 66-minute audio CD and a bonus DVD that discusses the recording of the album) uses the big-band format to salute acoustic pianist Peterson, who died on December 23, 2007, at the age of 82. Peterson, thankfully, left behind a huge catalog when he passed away, and that catalog included some big-band projects. But the majority of Peterson's albums were small-group recordings, and it's interesting to hear Peterson's career celebrated in a big-band setting. The arrangers include Claus Ogerman, Kuno Schmid, and Bill Cunliffe; although Cunliffe is a skillful pianist, he doesn't play at all on this album. The acoustic pianist on The Resonance Big Band Plays the Legacy of Oscar Peterson is Romanian improviser Marian Petrescu, who serves the orchestra well whether he is embracing Peterson's compositions (including "Bossa Beguine," "A Little Jazz Exercise," "Waltzing Is Hip," and "L'Impossible") or songs that weren't written by Peterson but were part of his vast repertoire (such as Rodgers & Hart's "Little Girl Blues," Lalo Schifrin's "Down Here on the Ground," and the traditional British folk song "Greensleeves"). Peterson's admirers will find a lot to enjoy on The Resonance Big Band Plays the Legacy of Oscar Peterson.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/12/2009
Label: Resonance Records
UPC: 0724101743122
catalogNumber: 1008
Rank: 124043

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Resonance Big Band   Primary Artist
Bob Sheppard   Flute,Reeds
Claus Ogerman   Conductor
Bill Cunliffe   Conductor
Keith Fiddmont   Flute,Reeds
Wendell Kelly   Trombone
Peter Kent   String Quartet
Joe La Barbera   Drums
Larry Lunetta   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Andy Martin   Trombone
Bob McChesney   Trombone
Tom Peterson   Flute,Reeds
Brian Scanlon   Flute,Reeds
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone,Tuba
Steve Wilkerson & Andrea Baker   Flute,Reeds
Larry Hall   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Andreas Öberg   Guitar
Belinda Broughton   String Quartet
Willie Murillo   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Marian Petrescu   Piano
Jessica van Velzen   String Quartet
Kuno Schmid   Conductor
Pierre Paul   Cabasa

Technical Credits

Oscar Pettiford   Composer
Claus Ogerman   Arranger
Bill Cunliffe   Arranger
Joseph d'Onofrio   Producer
George Klabin   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes
Arnold Van Kampen   Liner Notes
Traditional   Composer
Marian Petrescu   Liner Notes
Kuno Schmid   Arranger
Pierre Paul   Engineer,Video Editor,Video Director

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