Oscar Pettiford, one of the protean characters in jazz history, was the product of a legendary family band. In 1943 while working with Charlie Barnet he began applying the string bass advances of Jimmy Blanton to the emerging music called bebop. Within a few months he was on 52nd Street co-leading a group with Dizzy Gillespie. By the time of this recording, Pettiford had mastered the cello as a jazz instrument. His work on cello set a standard that bassists doubling on the instrument have attempted to reach ever since. Here, with Charles Mingus backing him on bass, Pettiford displays his hallmark legato and pizzicato control, firm swing, and impeccable note choices that made him inimitable on both instruments. Along with the famous 1953 Pettiford sextet recordings, this CD includes selections by the bassist with the Serge Chaloff octet in 1949 and with his Scandinavian trio in Copenhagen a decade later.
with Phil Urso, Julius Watkins, Walter Bishop, Charles Mingus, Percy Brice, Louis Hjulmand, Jan Johansson