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Album Review

In the mid-'70s, Oscar Peterson recorded duet albums with veteran trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Eldridge, Clark Terry, and Harry "Sweets" Edison. He paid the young Jon Faddis a huge compliment by also recording a set with him. Faddis, very much under Gillespie's influence but already displaying a wide range, clearly enjoyed the challenge, and on a set of standards and basic material, he often tears into the songs with reckless abandon. The Peterson-Faddis encounter is generally quite exciting and a high point in the early career of Jon Faddis.

Customer Reviews

Reckless Abandon (hooray!)

Oscar's playing is superb, but the excitement that comes through Jon Faddis's trumpet in these recordings is contagious! He approaches these standards with such reckless abandon that it gives the feel of a live performance instead of an over-engineered studio album.

Faddis is way too loud!

I love Oscar but this pairing with a young Faddis is ruined by his over playing in such a high register it makes this recording mostly unlistenable. If you're an Oscar fan buy it- but be forewarned! I don't think even the engineering could've helped pair his sound down.


Born: July 24, 1953 in Oakland, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

When Jon Faddis burst on the jazz scene as a teenager, observers were amazed by his technique and his ability to sound like an identical twin of Dizzy Gillespie (whose complex style had never been successfully duplicated before). After a period, he was typecast as a Dizzy imitator but Faddis' remarkable range (hitting higher notes than Gillespie ever could) and the gradual development of his individual sound have helped him overcome the early fault. In fact, Faddis can now also imitate Roy Eldridge...
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