“THE GENTLE ART OF LOVE”: OSCAR PETTIFORD / ATTILA ZOLLER (June 15, 1959)

This would be pleasing and revelatory enough — a duet for string bass virtuoso / composer Oscar Pettiford and guitarist Attila Zoller on Oscar’s gently inquisitive THE GENTLE ART OF LOVE — but it’s not simply an audio track.

No, it’s a beautifully filmed concerto for strings — filmed (!) in Austria at “Fatty’s Saloon” in Vienna — in mid-1959, a little more than a year before Pettiford’s death.  Listen, admire, immerse, and re-listen.  Thanks to bass master Neal Miner for calling our attention to this marvel:

For me, it stands with any piece of film footage of one of the great improvisers.

May your happiness increase!

2 responses to ““THE GENTLE ART OF LOVE”: OSCAR PETTIFORD / ATTILA ZOLLER (June 15, 1959)

  1. This is only the second appearance on film I know of by Oscar P.

    Fascinating to see him negotiate those thick gut strings!

    Oscar was one the greatest jazz composers and improvisors ever, a complex and lyrical musical mind.

  2. This is just amazing !!! I have previously only known OP’s short appearance with the Hawk and Maggie’s band in “Crimson Canary” – so this clip is a real marvel.
    May we dream on: Any film by OP on cello ??? So good to have all his incredible recordings – but seeing him play adds a new dimension, indeed! Thank you all for this wonderful gem.

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