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Oscar Peterson - Ray Brown - Milt Jackson: What's Up?

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Oscar Peterson, Milt Jackson e Ray Brown Jr.: tre grandi protagonisti del jazz moderno, riuniti in una superba esibizione concertistica del ’98 al Blue Note di New York. Li supportava, con un drumming discreto e misurato, il batterista Karriem Riggins, completando così una formazione stellare che vola sulle ali dello swing.

Sono sette gli standard interpretati con souplesse ed invidiabile carica di blues feeling. Un percorso condotto in maniera ineccepibile sul piano esecutivo, che dal vivo acquista un impatto coinvolgente, oltre che godibile. A garantire la forza accattivante del disco, lo straordinario spessore degli artisti coinvolti, accomunati dalla voglia di divertirsi e donare emozioni.

Musicisti in grado come pochi altri di potersi permettere perfette, geometriche sequenze di climax al pianoforte ed al vibrafono. Ed in più l’attenzione per il dettaglio; la rilassata scioltezza nel raffrontarsi con lo strumento ed il pubblico; sono doni che solo i grandi jazzisti possiedono, per cavare con la vis improvvisativa qualcosa di nuovo e sempre piacevole da standard noti ed arcinoti.

Quanto ai singoli, come non ammirare per l’ennesima volta il solismo brillante, perfetto e discreto del compianto vibrafonista? E lo stesso dicasi per la magnifica cavata - ricca di inattesi salti ritmici - di Ray Brown. E per finire, il magniloquente slancio solistico di Oscar Peterson, dal respiro ampio ed avvolgente.

Track Listing: 01. Squatty Roo (J. Hodges) - 8:17; 02. Salt Peanuts (John Gillespie) - 8:14; 03. Ad Lib Blues (L. Young) - 10:20; 04. If I Should Lose You (Rodger/Robin) - 7:12; 05. Limehouse Blues (P. Brahman) - 6:51; 06. Soft Winds (Henderson/Alfred) - 7:59; 07. The More I See You (Gordon/Warren) - 8:40

Personnel: Oscar Peterson (piano); Milt Jacson (vibrafono); Ray Brown Jr. (contrabbasso); Karriem Riggins (batteria).

Title: What's Up? | Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Telarc Records

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