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Editors’ Notes

This album is Mastered for iTunes. Oscar Peterson recorded Night Train in 1962 at the height of his pianistic powers. Backed by Ray Brown on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums, the Montreal native tackles a number of tunes that were already venerable at the time. There’s plenty of Ellingtonia here: “Happy-Go-Lucky Local” (aka “Night Train”), “C-Jam Blues”, “I Got It Bad (and That Ain’t Good)” and “Band Call”. The trio really digs into “C-Jam Blues”, making it swing mightily, and they imbue a slow-tempo “I Got It Bad” with deep blues feeling. Peterson straddled the worlds of swing and bop, and one of the bonus cuts is a hard-driving, if incomplete, cover of Charlie Parker’s “Now’s the Time”. It’s truly exciting to hear the band cut loose and operate in high-energy mode on the short cut. Gospel gets a nod on a fine version of Hoagy Carmichael’s “Georgia on My Mind” and the Peterson original, “Hymn to Freedom”. The latter song, one of the best things here, was the last track on the original 1960s LP release, where it had a great end-of-the-record sense of drama.

Customer Reviews

Great album

I owned this album LP. It was the first trio that sounds like a full band, each player was going at full steam, Oscar Peterson, piano, Ray Brown, Bass and Ed Thigpen, Drums. I now own the CD and it sounds just as good, no great. You can't go wrong buying this jazz classic. I agree that all the standards are wonderful, but the last track holds a special; place. It was written and performed during the Civil Rights movement. You can hear the power wash over. Just thinking about where we are today makes this music for any true jazz lover.


Oscar Peterson, heaven is enjoying your brilliance on the ivory now. Sir, I thank you for the PURE GOLD you left us with!


WOW Oscar Peterson plays the piano like no other


Born: August 15, 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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