Record Cover of the Week

December 20, 2009

Oscar Peterson: The Silent Partner

Those are Christopher Plummer’s sparkling, malevolent eyes on the cover of this LP. He played a nasty bank robber opposite bank clerk Elliot Gould. Quebec actress Céline Lomez played Plummer’s girlfriend and met with a memorably gruesome end involving a fish tank. The film was one of the more notable products of Canadian cinema’s tax shelter years. Oscar Peterson wrote some themes for the characters that were orchestrated by composer/arranger Ken Wannberg. This LP (never released on CD) features Peterson with an all-star septet including Benny Carter (alto sax), Zoot Sims (tenor sax) and Milt Jackson (vibes).

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