Clark Terry, Joe Wilder, Donald Byrd, Ernie Royal (tp), Jimmy Cleveland, Bob Brookmeyer (tb), Gigi Gryce, Dave Schildkraut (as), Jimmy Hamilton (cl, ts), Jerome Richardson (fl, ts), Danny Bank (bs), Earl Knight, Don Abney (p), Oscar Pettiford (b), Osie Johnson (d)
Reference: FSRCD 453
Bar code: 8427328604536
Besides Oscar Pettifords rhythm and solo work, this tasteful album features a highly seasoned mixture of skilled associates. The presence of Ellington sidemen all point to Dukes influence that pervades the nonet date on this CD, highlighting top-rate arrangements by Quincy Jones and Gigi Gryce. Both solo and ensemble work throughout are sharply exciting.
On the octet session, the varied program consists of originals arranged by Ernie Wilkins, Tommy Talbert, Tom Whaley, and Gryce again. Maintaining an all-important vigor in execution, Oscar Pettiford and his groups add life and depth to their arrangers ideas with their individual and collective unity of feeling.
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