Oscar Pettiford: All The Things You Are


All The Things You Are


Oscar Pettiford (cello)


Vienna Blues: The Complete Sessions (Black Lion 760104)

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Oscar Pettiford (cello),

Hans Koller (tenor saxophone), Attila Zoller (bass), Jimmy Pratt (drums)


Composed by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II


Recorded: Vienna, January 9, 1959


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

Oscar Pettiford came into prominence during the 1940s through his associations with Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gillespie and Duke Ellington. While working with Woody Herman in 1949, Pettiford suffered a broken arm and found it difficult to play the bass. For rehabilitation purposes, he learned to play the cello and after his recuperation, he played it occasionally on gigs. A shining achievement of his cello technique is his 1959 version of “All The Things You Are.”

Pettiford plays the introduction arco, then Koller enters with the melody. Throughout the first chorus of the song, Pettiford develops a call and response pattern with Koller. During his solo from 1:59-2:52, Pettiford incorporates several techniques including even eighth-note patterns, note bends and slides. Zoller enhances the performance by choosing notes that further develop the contour of Pettiford’s solo. “All The Things You Are” serves as a great addition to the history of the cello in jazz and to Pettiford’s late discography.

Reviewer: Eric Wendell

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