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Album Review

Those who consider themselves Oscar Peterson completists should be aware of The London House Sessions, a generous five-CD set that focuses exclusively on the Peterson Trio's 1961 engagement at Chicago's London House. However, completists are the only ones who would want to invest in this collection; others would be better off with individual CDs of the pianist's London House performances. One such CD is the Verve Master Edition of The Sound of the Trio, which was recorded in July 1961 and contains everything from the original LP (including performances of "Tricotism," "On Green Dolphin Street," "III Wind,") as well as five bonus tracks. Although not among Peterson's essential recordings — you won't find a lot of surprises on this reissue — the material is consistently enjoyable. Peterson, bassist Ray Brown, and drummer Ed Thigpen, clearly enjoy a strong rapport, and the trio never fails to swing. Cheers to Doug Ramsey for his interesting liner notes — while some jazz journalists would have tried to bore readers to death with overly technical descriptions of the performances, Ramsey provides some amusing anecdotes about the overly talkative audiences at the London House.


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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