Friday, December 4, 2009

Count BASIE Meets Oscar PETERSON – The Timekeepers 1978

Count BASIE Meets Oscar PETERSON – The Timekeepers 1978


Recorded in 1978, this is tasty stuff. Basie and Peterson bring contrasting piano styles to bear on this straightforward music, ably supported by the rock-solid rhythm section of John Heard on bass and Louis Bellson on drums. No, this is not the most exciting music in the world, but it is hard to listen to without tapping your toes or snapping your fingers after a while--these guys know how to swing, and in this recording, they sound as though they are having a ball. The sound quality is clean and clear, at least on the JVC-mastered issue that I auditioned. To be honest, I never have been much of an Oscar Peterson fan, but in these recording sessions, the presence of Basie seems to have focused Peterson's attention on the music, with the listener being the big winner. The disk is pretty short, under 38 minutes, but we'll let that slide.
By Karl W. Nehring.
Count Basie– Piano
Oscar Peterson– Piano
Louis Bellson– Drums
John Heard- Bass
01. I'm Confessin' (That I Love You) 4:48
02. Soft Winds 4:24
03. Rent Party 9:24
04. Indiana 3:07
05. Hey, Raymond 5:29
06. After You're Gone 4:52
07. That's The One 5:10

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