In this 1977 followup to Pablo's enormously successful 1974 Satch and Josh, the majority of the material is again the blues. Basie and Peterson are so drenched in the idiom that even non-blues material like "Sweethearts on Parade" and "She's Funny That Way" are bluesy. With John Heard replacing Ray Brown on bass and Louie Bellson back on drums, Basie and Peterson demonstrate their mastery of time. Any rhythm section playing with Basie became a Basie rhythm section. Swing was the order of the day. This was really a Count Basie jam session. Pointing that out is no slight to Peterson. When you met with the Chairman of the Board, he set the tone of the meeting. You played by his rules. Peterson does that beautifully here, and the meeting is productive and successful.
Roots, Your Red Wagon, Home Run, Sweethearts on Parade, Lil' Darlin', The Time Is Right, Cherry, Lester Leaps In, She's Funny That Way, Lady Fitz