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Oscar Pettiford

Oscar Pettiford was (along with Charles Mingus) the top bassist of the 1945-1960 period, and the successor to the late Jimmy Blanton. In addition, he was the first major jazz soloist on the cello. A bop pioneer, it would have been very interesting to hear what Pettiford would have done during the avant-garde '60s if he had not died unexpectedly in 1960. After starting on piano, Pettiford switched to bass when he was 14 and played in a family band. He played with Charlie Barnet's band in 1942 as one of two bassists (the other was Chubby Jackson) and then hit the big time in 1943, participating on Coleman Hawkins' famous "The Man I Love" session; he also recorded with Earl Hines and Ben Webster during this period. Pettiford co-led an early bop group with Dizzy Gillespie in 1944, and in 1945 went with Coleman Hawkins to the West Coast, appearing on one song in the film The Crimson Canary with Hawkins and Howard McGhee. Pettiford was part of Duke Ellington's orchestra during much of 1945-1948 (fulfilling his role as the next step beyond Jimmy Blanton), and worked with Woody Herman in 1949. Throughout the 1950s, he mostly worked as a leader (on bass and occasional cello), although he appeared on many records both as a sideman and a leader, including with Thelonious Monk in 1955-1956. After going to Europe in 1958, he settled in Copenhagen where he worked with local musicians, plus Stan Getz, Bud Powell, and Kenny Clarke. Among Pettiford's better-known compositions are "Tricotism," "Laverne Walk," "Bohemia After Dark," and "Swingin' Till the Girls Come Home." ~ Scott Yanow
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Oscar Pettiford Sextet (Jazz Connoisseur)

1. Burt's Pad

2. Marcel The Furrier

3. Ondine

4. Stardust

5. E-Lag

6. Rhumblues

7. Burt's Pad (Alternate Take)

8. E-Lag (Alternate Take) (Previously Unissued)

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Track List: The Ellington EP

1. Jack The Bear

2. Tamalais

3. Swingin' Till The Girls Come Home

4. Mood Indigo

5. Chuckles

6. Time On My Hands

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Track List: Greatest Jazz Masters

Disc 1

1. Too Marvelous For Words

2. I'm Beginning To See The Light

3. Scorpio

4. Bo-Bi My Boy

5. Kamman's A-Comin'

6. Laura

7. Sonny Boy

8. Nica's Tempo

9. Esquire Bounce

10. Body And Soul

11. Monticello

12. Time On My Hands

13. Cello Again

14. Little Niles

15. Rhumblues

16. Tamalpais

17. Old Reliable

18. Oscalypso

19. Oscar Rides Again

20. Ah-Dee-Dong Blues

21. Another One

22. Marcel The Furrier

23. The Golden Touch

24. Deep Passion

25. Night In Tunisia

26. Something For You

27. Perdido

28. Blues In The Closet

29. Stardust

30. Jack The Bear

31. Jack The Fieldstalker

32. The Gentle Art Of Love

33. Somewhere

34. Not So Sleepy

35. Speculation

36. Two French Fries

37. Not Really The Blues

38. Sextet

Disc 2

1. Minor Seventh Heaven

2. Swamp Fire

3. Sunrise - Sunset

4. Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen

5. Low And Behold

6. Stockholm Sweetenin'

7. Swingin' Till The Girls Come Home

8. Chuckles

9. Seventh Heaven

10. Tricotism

11. Bohemia After Dark

12. Ondine

13. Cable Car

14. Mood Indigo

15. A Lady's Vanity

16. Translation

17. He's My Guy

18. My Ideal

19. Smoke Signal

20. The Edge Of Love

21. I Remember Clifford

22. In A Cello Mood

23. The Man I Love

24. More Moon

25. Burt's Pad

26. Now See How You Are

27. East Lag

28. OP Meets LT

29. Suddenly It Jumped

30. Good Bait

31. Tom-Kattin'

32. Chasin' The Base

33. Titoro

34. Seabreeze

35. Don't Squawk

36. The Pendulum At Falcon's Lair

37. Aw Come On

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Track List: Essential Jazz Masters

1. Perdido

2. The Gentle Art Of Love

3. Sunrise-Sunset

4. Smoke Signal

5. Speculation

6. The Gentle Art Of Love

7. Two French Fries

8. Somewhere

9. Little Niles

10. Nica's Dream

11. Awl Come On

12. Deep Passion

13. I Remember Clifford

14. Now See How You Are

15. Awl Come On

16. I Remember Clifford

17. Not So Sleepy

18. Sea Breeze

19. Laura

20. The Pendulum St Falcon's Lair

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Track List: Chronological Classics: Oscar Pettiford 1951-54

1. Swingin' Till The Girls Come

2. Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen

3. Cello Again

4. Ah-Dee-Dong Blues (Oriental Cello Blues)

5. Sonny Boy

6. I'm Beginning To See The Light

7. Too Marvelous For Words

8. Monti Cello

9. In A Cello Mood

10. Blues In The Closet

11. Tamalpais

12. The Pendulum At Falcon's Lair

13. Jackthe Fieldstalker

14. Stockholm Sweetnin'

15. Low And Behold

16. Burt's Pad

17. Marcel The Furrier

18. Ondine

19. Stardust

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Track List: Monmarte Blues

1. Montmarte Blues

2. Back In Paradise

3. Why Not? That's What!

4. Willow Weep For Me (1985)

5. My Little Cello

6. Straight Ahead

7. Two Little Pearls

8. Blue Brothers

9. There Will Never Be Another You

10. Laverne Walk (1985)

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Track List: Vienna Blues: The Complete Session

1. Cohn's Limit

2. The Gentle Art Of Love

3. All The Things You Are (1959)

4. Stalag 414

5. Vienna Blues

6. Oscar's Blues

7. Stardust (1959)

8. There Will Never Be Another You

9. Blues In The Closet (1959)

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Track List: First Bass

1. Too Marvelous For Words

2. Monticello

3. In A Cello Mood

4. Blues In The Closet

7. Willow Weep For Me

9. Bohemia After Dark

10. The Laverne Walk

11. Stardust

12. All The Things You Are

14. Why Not, That's What

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Track List: The New Oscar Pettiford Sextet

1. Pendulum At Falcon's Lair

2. Tamalpais Love Song

3. Jack The Fieldstalker

5. Stockholm Sweetnin'

6. Low And Behold

7. I Succumb To Temptation

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Track List: Another One

1. Kamman's A' Comin'

2. Minor Seventh Heaven

3. Stardust

4. Bohemia After Dark

5. Oscalypso

6. Scorpio

7. Titoro

9. Another One

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PETTIFORD... B A S S ! ! ! What more can be said?
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Pettiford... m u s i c , Brown...musi c , this is where it all comes from...FANTA S T I C ! !
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monti cello! this stuff is dope!!!
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Gotta' love it.
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Pettiford, Brown, Mingus. From them, I sensed their gift of time and space and timbe. So in 1953, I walked away from piano and drums and stood proud with a fretted bass mandolin (the size of a Kay bass). Next was a Kay and later, of course, the bass guitar - fretless toucan and fretted Epiphone. Still playin' at 70, Mr. Pettiford. Thanks for your inspiration and time within time.
D. Gilbert

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