OS­CAR PETER­SON/RAY BROWN/MILT JACK­SON

What’s Up? Te­larc

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews -

Jack­son, Peter­son and Brown first recorded their cel­e­brated Very Tall album with drum­mer Ed Thig­pen in 1961. They re­turned to the for­mat with dif­fer­ent drum­mers over the years un­til their last hur­rah in 1998, from which this pre­vi­ously un­re­leased live ma­te­rial comes. With Kar­riem Rig­gins on drums, What’s Up? is a re­laxed blow­ing ses­sion with just enough com­pet­i­tive­ness to give it an edge. Al­though time had slightly muf­fled Peter­son’s ef­fu­sive­ness, he re­mained ca­pa­ble of oblit­er­at­ing al­most any­one ex­cept some­one of Jack­son’s met­tle. Over familiar ground (some stan­dards, a blues, the jazz orig­i­nals Salt Peanuts and Squatty Roo) and de­spite hav­ing less than a year to live, Jack­son re­tained the power to im­press and emerged the star of this ebul­lient joust. The quar­tet clearly en­joyed it. So did the au­di­ence. www.mu­s­ic­connec­tion.org.uk RAY COMISKEY

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