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Album Review

Since several of the songs here are the type that would get requested (such as "People," "The Girl from Ipanema," and "The Days of Wine and Roses") in the mid-'60s, this particular Oscar Peterson CD reissue would not seem to have much potential, but the pianist mostly uplifts the material and adds a few songs (such as his own "Goodbye, J.D." and John Lewis' "D & E") that probably no one asked for. Overall, this is a reasonably enjoyable Oscar Peterson session, featuring bassist Ray Brown and drummer Ed Thigpen.

Customer Reviews

The Kind of Night You Dream You Could Have Been Present At.

We get requests feels like a night in a great jazz club, and this is one of those performances which makes you feel like you're there - every time. Occasionally you'll here the rustle of a napkin or the clink of a plate in tha background, but it doesn't spoil it - far from it.Mainly you can sense the audience absolutely in rapture. The rhythm is so perfectly Oscar, he has that way of playing which can make you smile and lift your spirits, foottapping, elegant keys strokes. Heartily recommend this album as an intro to the great player - it was mine, and I haven't stopped since.... Also recommend Monte Alexander for the un-inititiated.

Timeless and awesome

I have been listening to this album for over thirty years now and it has never, ever lost its freshness. For me, this is the quintessential Oscar record. Here he is with the perfection of his two sidemen, Thigpen and Brown, recorded in 1964 in a truly intimate way in front of one microphone placed sympathetically by a genius of a recording technician. I doubt whether many recording artists could survive under these conditions these days, although a choice few spring to mind. There is not one duffer on this album, although I have always had a bit of a problem with "Goodbye J.D." – for me it spoils the mood set up by the faultless "Time and Again". The album, outside of JD, has a beautiful flow, you see. It is as if you really are present in front of this brilliant trio, and they really have set out to perform exclusively for you.
The details are simply stunning. On "My One and Only Love" you will thrill at the rolling and bold introduction, which spills over, like a relaxing overflowing bath, when Ed and Ray join in in the most understated way imaginable. Then thrill again at the dexterity and lightness of Oscar as he teases the melody further, then leaving space for Ray to take up the lead. Hear Ray muttering under his breath, not for the first or last time on this album. Then back to Oscar, who takes us out with more fireworks while Ray gently bows in the back.
The highlight of the album (believe me, it's all good, but this really is a standout) is the performance of "Have you met Miss Jones?" Ray Brown is simply superb on this. And Thigpen gives a brushes masterclass. This is a complex melody that the trio make sound like a walk in the park.
Buy it, congratulate yourself, invite your lover round and impress them with your good taste.

Biography

Born: 15 August 1925 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Oscar Peterson was one of the greatest piano players of all time. A pianist with phenomenal technique on the level of his idol, Art Tatum, Peterson's speed, dexterity, and ability to swing at any tempo were amazing. Very effective in small groups, jam sessions, and in accompanying singers, O.P. was at his absolute best when performing unaccompanied solos. His original style did not fall into any specific idiom. Like Erroll Garner and George Shearing, Peterson's distinctive playing formed during the...
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