Virtuoso jazz bassist Ron Carter conceived this project as a tribute to bassist/composer Oscar Pettiford, and it's a very fine homage.

Virtuoso jazz bassist Ron Carter conceived this project as a tribute to bassist/composer Oscar Pettiford, and it's a very fine homage. The three Pettiford originals—"Tamalpais," "Bohemia After Dark," and "Blues in the Closet"—are great choices, showcasing Pettiford's compositional mind in three distinct moods. Carter recruited tenor sax man Benny Golson, whose warm, smoky tone is the perfect flavor on "That Man I Love." Vibes player Joe Locke is a bright presence on several tunes, most notably the bluesy Carter original "Nearly." Carter assembled a quintet for the sessions, though he uses smaller configurations on several tracks. He works the title track, for instance, solely with Roland Hanna's piano, and Carter takes the melody as well. Stardust is a superb listening experience; a mellow, thoughtful, contemporary jazz album.—PVV

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