The titan and the pretender
S J Buck | Kent, UK | 03/20/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of the Trumpet kings series that Oscar Peterson recorded in the 1970's. No drums or bass player on this recording. Its just Piano and Trumpet.
Jon Faddis was THE up and coming Trumpeter in the mid 70's. Hugely influenced by Dizzy Gillespie and to a large extent still playing very much like his mentor would have played (and indeed did as he also recorded for the same series of albums with Peterson).
Oscar Peterson of course in the mid 70's was still in his prime, and his playing on this album is as good as you will hear, outside of a few other exceptional albums (like Tracks to name but one). This album was recorded in June 1975 and has a running time of 46:29 over its 6 tracks.
You can tell from this that the musicians have plenty of time to stretch out. For example the opening "Things Ain't what they used to be" is 10:21 - and every second counts when the playing is as good as this!
A wonderful album of swinging jazz."