This latter-day classic from Oscar Peterson's extensive Pablo library is one of his most heartfelt albums because he is paying homage to nine of his closest musical associates. Peterson has played with all but a handful of the most important artists in jazz. He was intimately involved with the musicians whose signature songs were "Blueberry Hill" (Louis Armstrong), "Sometimes I'm Happy" (Lester Young), "Stuffy" (Coleman Hawkins), "Birks' Works" (Dizzy Gillespie), "Cotton Tail" (Ben Webster), "Lover Man" (Billie Holiday), "A Tisket, A Tasket" (Ella Fitzgerald), "Rockin' Chair" (Roy Eldridge), and "Now's the Time" (Charlie Parker). Peterson and his great trio of the early 1980s expand to a quartet with the addition of Oscar's frequent collaborator Joe Pass. As might be expected, hard swinging is the order of the day, but one of the highlights is Peterson's tender approach to "Lover Man."
with Joe Pass, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Martin Drew