The New Oscar Pettiford Sextet (Full Album)

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The New Oscar Pettiford Sextet is an album by bassist/cellist and composer Oscar Pettiford which was recorded in late 1953 and first issued on the Debut label as a 10-inch LP. The material on the original album was rereleased on Fantasy in 1964 with additional material as My Little Cello.

AllMusic Review by Rick Anderson:
One of the earliest bassists on the bebop scene in 1940s New York, Oscar Pettiford was also an unusually intrepid experimenter when it came to instrumentation. His cello playing is justly famous, and on the seven tracks that form the core of this reissue CD Pettiford includes a French horn (played by Julian Watkins) in the sextet. But most noteworthy of all is the quality of his compositions. “Pendulum at Falcon’s Lair” is a piece of world-class bebop writing, while “Tamalpais Love Song” is almost classical in its structure, achieving a counterintuitive combination of complexity and simple beauty. In addition to the seven tracks from Pettiford’s original 1953 session, this reissue includes four more that he recorded as sideman to saxophonist Serge Chaloff in 1949 — the four are more strictly in the bop tradition and are, unfortunately, not recorded quite as well, but they demonstrate Pettiford’s exceptional skill as an accompanist (

Track listing:
All compositions by Oscar Pettiford except where noted.

The Pendulum at Falcon’s Lair” – 4:44
Tamalpais Love Song” – 3:52
Jack, the Fieldstalker” – 4:34
Stockholm Sweetnin‘” (Quincy Jones) – 4:14
Low and Behold” – 3:27

Oscar Pettiford – cello (tracks 1 & 3-5), bass (track 2)
Julius Watkins – French horn
Phil Urso – tenor saxophone
Walter Bishop, Jr. – piano
Charles Mingus – bass (tracks 1 & 3-5)
Percy Brice – drums


Released: 1954
Recorded December: 29, 1953
New York City
Label: Debut