Oscar Peterson’s celebrated Pablo series of encounters in the 1970s with five trumpet giants produced a bonus. Jousts is not an anthology album compiled from the series. It consists of nine new pieces, two each from Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Roy Eldridge, and Harry Edison and one from the young Jon Faddis. It is an opportunity to compare the contrasting styles of four men who helped shape the trumpet tradition in jazz and one who was in the fascinating process of forming his gifts into a personal approach. Working with familiar material--standard songs or the blues--each of them gave a musical report on the state of the art from his prospective. Working with them as abettor and instigator, Peterson created the artistic atmosphere that resulted in some of the premier duo jazz performances of our time.
with Clark Terry, Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Jon Faddis