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Ella Fitzgerald is heard on half of the program in duets with pianist Oscar Peterson and for the remainder in trios with Peterson and bassist Ray Brown.
This concert was a very special event, and not just because of its celebratory circumstances and masterful music, but when a major figure acquires venerable status, he or she can take on a quality different from and more notable than mere charisma. It is as if all past achievements, experiences, and significant attributes have been crystallized into an aura that is both ethereal and palpable.
This album was basically my idea; it was cut with the purpose in mind of bringin together the Trio, naturally, and Clark Terry, who I feel very strongly about, musically. Oscar Peterson
Many will know the great Oscar Peterson only as a soloist or as part of a trio. But he is equally sovereign and sensitive when accompanying soloists on all kinds of instruments.
Oscar Peterson's programme in this album deliberately challenges the russet glow of fond reminiscence and, it seems to me, challenges it triumphantly. Each of the themes he plays has its aura in the jazz past, and, more significant still, has upon it the indelible stamp of previous definitive versions.
The electric atmosphere of these live sessions before a mere handful of listeners proves once again just how at home the musicians felt in the Black Forest villa
Oscar, Ray and Ed have that rare ability to please the public with music that is of the highest quality. You can't do much better than that.