Oscar Peterson – Blues Etude {PolyGram}


Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)

This CD reissue finds pianist Oscar Peterson at a transitional point in his career. Louis Hayes was the new drummer in his trio and, although veteran Ray Brown is on bass during the earlier of the two sessions, by 1966 he would depart after 15 years and be replaced by Sam Jones. However, the basic sound of the Oscar Peterson Trio remained unchanged (Peterson was the dominant voice anyway) and the personality of the group remained intact. Peterson contributed three originals (including the hard-swinging title cut) to this program and also sounds typically fine on “Let’s Fall in Love,” “The Shadow of Your Smile,” “If I Were a Bell,” and a definitive version of “Stella by Starlight.”

Tracks:
01 – Blues Etude
02 – Shelley’s World
03 – Let’s Fall in Love
04 – The Shadow of Your Smile
05 – If I Were a Bell
06 – Stella by Starlight
07 – Bossa Beguine
08 – L’Impossible
09 – I Know You Oh So Well

Personnel:
Oscar Peterson – piano
Sam Jones, Ray Brown – bass
Louis Hayes – drums

Recorded on December 3, 1965 and May 4, 1966

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork

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