Milt Jackson and Oscar Peterson are two of the most formidable swingers in jazz. When they collaborated, the swing more than doubled. This concert under Jackson's leadership at the 1975 Montreux Jazz Festival reunited them for the first time in years. The recording captures their pleasure at performing together again and the excitement and appreciation of the Montreux audience in hearing them. The album is dominated by the exultation of their playing in up-tempo numbers like "Mack the Knife," Lee Morgan's blues "Speed Ball," and a brisk "Stella by Starlight." They provide contrast in a pair of superb ballad performances on "Everything Must Change" and "Nature Boy." Peterson achieves on Ahmad Jamal's "Night Mist Blues" an intensity remarkable even for him. Peterson's bass stalwart Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and drummer Mickey Roker, a Jackson favorite, join in the fun.
with Oscar Peterson, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Mickey Roker