Oscar Peterson and Dizzy Gillespie: Caravan
Oscar Peterson and Dizzy Gillespie (Pablo 2310-740)
Composed by Duke Ellington, Juan Tizol & Irving Mills.
Recorded: London, England, November 28-29, 1974
Rating: 97/100 (learn more)
On Gillespie's second recording for Norman Granz's Pablo label, he joins Oscar Peterson for a set of miraculous duets. Benny Green, who wrote the liner notes for this album, compared this performance of Ellington's classic composition to the Armstrong and Hines rendition of "Weather Bird." Peterson melds a keen sense for complementary accompaniment with dexterous, interweaving polyphonic lines. The breakneck tempo does little to deter Gillespie, who navigates an unaccompanied section without wavering in the slightest. Both musicians bring their best to this date: both show incredible range, flexibility, and complete mastery of their instruments. The result is a well-worn standard transformed through harmonic freshness and rhythmic vitality into an iconic performance.
Reviewer: Mark Lomanno