The great bassist Oscar Pettiford live in Hamburg 1958, second chapter. Fine mÃ©lange of modern mainstream, cool jazz and hard bop, with Jimmy Pratt (dr), Hans Koller (ts), Dusko Goykovich (tp), Michel Hausser (vib), Attila Zoller (g), Roger Guerin (tp) and Armin Rusch (p), heard here in a second previously unknown Pettiford session from Germany. Comes as carefully mastered longplay CD and 2-LP vinyl set (gatefold), including photos of the event by Susanne Schapowalow and new liner notes by Arne Reimer, with Goykovich and Hausser sharing their memories of the time. Certainly Pettiford’s best recorded live performance on the European jazz scene in excellent sound quality!
Recorded December 22, 1958 in Hamburg at Studio 10, produced by Hans Gertberg.
Oscar Pettiford (bass), Jimmy Pratt (drums), Hans Koller (tenor saxophone & clarinet), Dusko Goykovich (trumpet), Attila Zoller (guitar), Michel Hausser (vibraphone), Roger Guerin (trumpet), Armin Rusch Piano)
In September 1958 Oscar Pettiford came to Europe for the first time with a show entitled “Jazz From Carnegie Hall”, organized by Harold Davison. The all-star band included J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Zoot Sims, Lee Konitz, Kenny Clarke, Red Garland and Phineas Newborn, touring England, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, France and Germany, where they played in Berlin, Cologne, Stuttgart, Frankfurt and Hamburg.
The 1958 tour of “Jazz From Carnegie Hall” was a big success and Pettiford could hardly believe the enthusiasm they received for their music in Europe, so after the tour was completed he decided to stay on the continent and rented an apartment in Baden-Baden. In December of that year producer Hans Gertberg of Norddeutscher Rundfunk in Hamburg recorded Pettiford’s group and their mix of modern mainstream and cool jazz but also hard bop, featuring the composition “Moanin'”, written by Bobby Timmons for Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. In the song “H. E. C. Blues”, Pettiford briefly plays the melody of Jingle Bells in his solo, since it was Christmas-time. That performance issued here for the first time ever available on CD and as a double gatefold LP.