Oscar Peterson + Harry “Sweets” Edison + Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson {Pablo}


Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)
During Nov. 12-14, 1986, pianist Oscar Peterson recorded three albums worth of material for Norman Granz’s Pablo label. This particular CD features the great pianist with his quartet (bassist Dave Young, drummer Martin Drew and guest guitarist Joe Pass) along with trumpeter Harry “Sweets” Edison and altoist Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson. The strictly instrumental set has many fine solos on appealing tunes such as “Stuffy,” “Broadway” and the lengthy blues “Slooow Drag.” This boppish session gave Vinson a rare chance to really stretch out and he was up for the challenge.

Tracklist:
01. Stuffy (09:14)
02. This One’s for Jaws (04:54)
03. Everything Happens to Me (04:37)
04. Broadway (05:14)
05. Slooow Drag (10:36)
06. What’s New (04:28)
07. Satin Doll (07:29)

Personnel:
Oscar Peterson – piano
Harry “Sweets” Edison – trumpet
Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson – alto saxophone
Joe Pass – guitar
Dave Young – bass
Martin Drew – drums

Recorded in Hollywood, CA; November 12, 1986.

Label: Pablo
Year: 1987
Genre: Jazz
Style: Mainstream, Bop
Total Time: 46:31

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Oscar Peterson – Digital at Montreux {Pablo}


Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)
The title is pretty generic but this duet set from pianist Oscar Peterson and bassist Niels Pedersen has plenty of excellent music from two of the best. Peterson and Pedersen perform six standards and a well-conceived five-song Duke Ellington medley. Few real surprises occur but the duo plays up to one’s high expectations.

Tracks:
01 – Old Folks
02 – Soft Winds
03 – (Back Home Again In) Indiana
04 – That’s All
05 – Younger Than Springtime
06 – Ellington Medley
07 – On the Trail

Personnel:
Oscar Peterson – piano
Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen – bass

Recorded at Mountain Studios (Montreux, Switzerland); July 16, 1979.
Year: 1992; style: Classic Jazz, Bop, Piano&Bass Duo, Standards

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Ben Webster meets Oscar Peterson {Verve} “Master Edition”


Review by Stephen Cook (allmusic.com)

Another fine Webster release on Verve that sees the tenor great once again backed by the deluxe Oscar Peterson Trio. In keeping with the high standard of their Soulville collaboration of two years prior, Webster and the trio — Peterson is joined by bassist Ray Brown and drummer Ed Thigpen — use this 1959 date to conduct a clinic in ballad playing. And while Soulville certainly ranks as one of the tenor saxophonist’s best discs, the Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson set gets even higher marks for its almost transcendent marriage of after-hours elegance and effortless mid-tempo swing — none of Webster’s boogie-woogie piano work to break up the mood here. Besides reinvigorating such lithe strollers as “Bye Bye Blackbird” (nice bass work by Brown here) and “This Can’t Be Love,” Webster and company achieve classic status for their interpretation of the Sinatra gem “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning.” And to reassure Peterson fans worried about scant solo time for their hero, the pianist lays down a healthy number of extended runs, unobtrusively shadowing Webster’s vaporous tone and supple phrasing along the way. Not only a definite first-disc choice for Webster newcomers, but one of the jazz legend’s all-time great records.

Tracks:
01 – The Touch of Your Lips
02 – When Your Lover has Gone
03 – Bye-bye, Blackbird
04 – How Deep Is the Ocean?
05 – In the Wee, Small Hours of the Morning
06 – Sunday
07 – This Can’t Be Love

Personnel:
Ben Webster – tenor saxophone
Oscar Peterson – piano
Ray Brown – bass
Ed Thigpen – drums

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Oscar Peterson Trio – In Tokyo (Live at the Palace Hotel) {Columbia} “24bit remastering”


Review by Ken Dryden (allmusic.com)

One of a handful of recordings that Oscar Peterson made for release exclusively in Japan, Last Trio: Oscar Peterson in Tokyo is a rare opportunity to hear the pianist with fellow Canadian Michel Donato on bass, plus Louis Hayes on drums. Peterson is the center of attention with his rhythm section mostly in a supporting role, seemingly as if they had not worked together extensively prior to playing at The Palace Hotel in Tokyo. Hayes had already recorded several albums with the pianist for MPS, though this seems to be one of only two recordings featuring Donato (the other being the obscure Australian CD Nightingale). Peterson does not disappoint, delivering a number of terrific performances, including a blazing “Strike Up the Band” a soulful if breezy take of Horace Silver’s “The Preacher,” and lyrical treatments of “What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life” and his own “Wheatland.” While this trio lacks the potential of groups that featured either Ray Brown or Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, it will please Peterson’s fans.

Tracks:
01 – The Good Life
02 – What am I Here For?
03 – I Hear Music
04 – What are You Doing the Rest of Your Life
05 – Strike Up the Band
06 – The More I See You
07 – Wheatland
08 – The Preacher
09 – Old Rockin’ Chair
10 – Blues Etude

Personnel:
Oscar Peterson – piano
Michel Donato – bass
Louis Hayes – drums

Recorded live at The Palaca Hotel, Tokyo – May 27, 1972.

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Oscar Peterson – The Trio “Live from Chicago” {Verve}


Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)

The Oscar Peterson Trio with bassist Ray Brown and drummer Ed Thigpen lacked the competitiveness of his earlier group with Brown and guitarist Herb Ellis, and the later daring of his solo performances, but the pianist was generally in peak form during this era. He sticks to standards on this live CD (a good example of the Trio’s playing), stretching out “Sometimes I’m Happy” creatively for over 11 minutes and uplifting such songs as “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning,” “Chicago” and “The Night We Called It a Day.” Few surprises occur, but Peterson plays at such a consistently high level that one doesn’t mind.

Tracks:
01 – I’ve Never Been in Love Before
02 – In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning
03 – Chicago
04 – The Night We Called it a Day
05 – Sometimes I’m Happy
06 – Whisper Not
07 – Billy Boy

Personnel:
Oscar Peterson – piano
Ray Brown – bass
Ed Thigpen – drums

Recorded September-October 1961 at the London House, Chicago.

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Count Basie & Oscar Peterson – The Timekeepers {Pablo}[xrcd]


Review from cduniverse.com

The pairing of pianists Count Basie and Oscar Peterson might seem unlikely, given their stylistic differences. Basie’s notoriety resulted from his ability to say a lot with a little, while Peterson has been celebrated as a modern technical master, whose solos were full of riveting phrases, lines, and statements. Yet the duo made effective partners on this reissued 1978 session and often played against their reputations. Basie has several solos where he demonstrates impressive technique, while Peterson, often accused of overkill, shows he can utilize restraint and delicacy with as much flair as bombast and flash. ~ Ron Wynn
This classic 1978 recording pairs two stylistically dichotomous piano legends: Count Basie, the master of understatement, and Oscar Peterson, the partisan of power & embellishment. Also featured on this landmark session are drummer Louis Bellson & John Heard

Tracks:
01 – I’m Confessin’ (That I Love You)
02 – Soft Winds
03 – Rent Party
04 – Indiana
05 – Hey, Raymond
06 – After You’ve Gone
07 – That’s the One

Personnel:
Oscar Peterson – piano
Count Basie – piano
Louis Bellson – drums
John Heard – bass

Recorded at Group IV Studios, Hollywood; February 21 and 22, 1978.

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Oscar Peterson and Roy Eldridge {Pablo}[OJC]


Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)

Part of his five sessions that featured duets with different trumpeters, pianist Oscar Peterson’s matchup with trumpeter Roy Eldridge (reissued on CD) has its strong moments. Eldridge did not quite have the range of his earlier years, but his competitive streak had not mellowed with age. Peterson pushes Eldridge to his limit and the music is generally quite exciting. Highlights include “Little Jazz,” “Sunday,” and “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.”

Tracks:
01 – Little Jazz
02 – She’s Funny That Way
03 – The Way You Look Tonight
04 – Sunday
05 – Bad Hat Blues
06 – Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
07 – Blues for Chu

Personnel:
Oscar Peterson – piano and organ
Roy Eldridge – trumpet

Recorded at M.G.M. Recording Studios, Los Angeles; December 8, 1974.

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Oscar Peterson Trio – We Get Requests {Verve}[K2HD]


Review by Stuart Broomer (amazon.com)

This 1964 studio session features the Peterson trio with bassist Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen, a group that had been together for five years by then and performed like a well-oiled machine. The repertoire is mostly pop songs of the day, including bossa nova tunes and film themes, and the treatments are fairly brief, with emphasis placed squarely on the melodies. Even in their lightest moments, though, the group demonstrates some of the qualities that made it among the most influential piano trios in jazz, a group that could generate tremendous rhythmic energy and a sense of developing musical detail. For all his legendary force, Peterson possesses a subtle rhythmic sense, and here he infuses even “People” with an undercurrent of swing. This is undemanding, tuneful music best suited for casual listening, but it still sparkles with the trio’s customary élan.

Tracks:
01 – You Look Good to Me
02 – Time and Again
03 – My One and Only Love
04 – Corcovado (Quiet Night of Quiet Stars)
05 – The Day of Wine and Roses
06 – People
07 – Have You met Miss Jones?
08 – The Girl from Ipanema
09 – D. & E.
10 – Goodbye J. D.

Personnel:
Oscar Peterson – piano
Ray Brown – bass
Ed Thigpen – drums

Recording Dates:
Batch 1: October 19, 1964 for tracks 4, 7 and 8;
Batch 2: October 20, 1964 for tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 9
Batch 3: November 19 or 20, 1964 for track 10

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Oscar Peterson – The More I See You {TELARC}


Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)

After Oscar Peterson suffered a severe stroke in the spring of 1993, it was feared that he would never again play on a professional level, but two years of intense therapy resulted in the masterful pianist returning to what sounds, on this Telarc CD, like near-prime form. For the all-star date, The More I See You, Peterson tears into seven standards and two blues and outswings all potential competitors. Altoist Benny Carter at 87 sounds like he is 47 (if Carter had retired back in 1940 he would still be a legend), and flugelhornist Clark Terry (here 74) proves to be not only (along with the remarkable 90-year-old Doc Cheatham) the finest trumpeter over 70 but one of the top brassmen of any age. The cool-toned guitarist Lorne Lofsky and drummer Lewis Nash are also strong assets while bassist Ray Brown (a year younger than Peterson at a mere 68) displays his typical limitless energy on appealing tunes such as “In a Mellow Tone,” “When My Dream Boat Comes Home,” and a medium/up-tempo version of “For All We Know.” The musicians all play up to their usual high level, making this a joyous comeback album for the great Oscar Peterson.

Tracks:
01 – In a Mellow Tone
02 – Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good to You
03 – On the Trail
04 – When My Dream Boat Comes Home
05 – Ron’s Blues
06 – For All We Know
07 – Blues for Lisa
08 – Squatty Roo
09 – The More I See You

Personnel:
Oscar Peterson – piano
Benny Carter – alto saxophone
Clark Terry – trumpet & flugelhorn
Ray Brown – bass
Lorne Lofsky – guitar
Lewis Nash – drums

Released on 1995 by Telarc Distribution.

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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

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Louis Armstrong meets Oscar Peterson {Verve} “Silver Collection”


Review by Review by Michael G. Nastos (allmusic.com)

By 1957, hard bop was firmly established as the jazz of now, while pianist Oscar Peterson and his ensemble with bassist Ray Brown and guitarist Herb Ellis were making their own distinctive presence known as a true working band playing standards in the swing tradition. Louis Armstrong was more recognizable to the general public as a singer instead of the pioneering trumpet player we all know he was. But popularity contests being the trend, Armstrong’s newer fans wanted to hear him entertain them, so in retrospect it was probably a good move to feature his vocalizing on these tracks with Peterson’s band and guest drummer Louie Bellson sitting in. The standard form of Armstrong singing the lead lines, followed by playing his pithy and witty horn solos based on the melody secondarily, provides the basis for the format on this charming but predictable recording. What happens frequently is that Armstrong and Peterson play lovely ad lib vocal/piano duets at the outset of many tunes. They are all songs you likely know, with few upbeat numbers or obscure choices, and four extra tracks tacked onto the CD version past the original sessions. In fact, it is the familiarity of songs like the midtempo “Let’s Fall in Love,” with Armstrong’s gravelly and scat singing, and his marvelous ability to riff off of the basic songs that make these offerings endearing. A classic take of “Blues in the Night” is the showstopper, while choosing “Moon Song” is a good, off the beaten path pick as the trumpeter plays two solo choruses, and he leads out on his horn for once during the slightly bouncy, basic blues “I Was Doing All Right.” Some extremely slow tunes crop up on occasion, like “How Long Has This Been Going On?,” an atypically downtempo take of “Let’s Do It,” and “You Go to My Head,” featuring Peterson’s crystalline piano. Liner note author Leonard Feather opines that this is Armstrong’s first attempt at the latter tune, and compares it historically to Billie Holiday. There are the dependable swingers “Just One of Those Things,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” and “Sweet Lorraine” with Peterson at his accompanying best; a ramped-up version of the usually downtrodden “Willow Weep for Me”; and a duet between Armstrong and Ellis on the sad two-minute ditty “There’s No You.” All in all, it’s difficult to critique or find any real fault with these sessions, though Peterson is subsumed by the presence of Armstrong, who, as Feather notes, really needs nobody’s help. That this was their only collaboration speaks volumes of how interactive and communal the session really was, aside from the music made being fairly precious.

Tracks:
01 – That Old Feeling
02 – Let’s Fall in Love
03 – I’ll Never Be the Same
04 – Blues in the Night
05 – How Long Has This Been Going On
06 – I Was Doing All Right
07 – What’s New
08 – Moon Song
09 – Just One of Those Things
10 – There’s No You
11 – You Go to My Head
12 – Sweet Lorraine
13 – I Get a Kick Out of You
14 – Makin’ Whoopee
15 – Willow Weep for Me
16 – Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love)

Personnel:
Louis Armstrong – vocals, trumpet
Oscar Peterson – piano
Herb Ellis – guitar
Ray Brown – bass
Louis Bellson – drums

Tracks 1-12, stereo, recorded in Chicago; October 14, 1957
Tracks 13-16, mono, recorded in Los Angeles; July 31, 1957

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Oscar Peterson Trio with Milt Jackson – Very Tall {Verve}[MFSL]


Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)

This first matchup on records between pianist Oscar Peterson and vibraphonist Milt Jackson was so logical that it is surprising it did not occur five years earlier. Originally recorded for Verve and three decades later reissued on this audiophile CD by Mobile Fidelity, the quartet set (which also includes bassist Ray Brown and drummer Ed Thigpen) swings as hard as one might expect. Highlights include “On Green Dolphin Street,” “The Work Song,” “John Brown’s Body” (a jam on “Battle Hymn of the Republic”) and “Reunion Blues.” Fortunately O.P. and Bags would meet up on records many times in the future (particularly during their Pablo years) but this first effort is a particularly strong set.

Tracks:
01 – Green Dolphin Street
02 – Heartstrings
03 – The Work Song
04 – John Brown’s Body
05 – A Wonderful Guy
06 – Reunion Blues

Personnel:
Oscar Peterson – piano
Milt Jackson – vibes
Ray Brown – bass
Ed Thigpen – drums

Recorded on December, 1961

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Oscar Peterson – Reunion Blues {MPS}


Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)

Pianist Oscar Peterson joins up with his old friends, vibraphonist Milt Jackson and bassist Ray Brown, in addition to his drummer of the period, Louis Hayes, for a particularly enjoyable outing. After a throwaway version of the Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” the all-star quartet performs Jackson’s title cut, Benny Carter’s ballad “Dream of You,” and four standards. Although not up to the excitement of Peterson’s best Pablo recordings of the 1970s, this is an enjoyable album.

Tracks:
01 – Satisfaction
02 – Dream of You
03 – Someday My Prince will Come
04 – A Time for Love
05 – Reunion Blues
06 – When I Fall in Love
07 – Red Top

Personnel:
Oscar Peterson – piano
Milt Jackson – vibraphone
Ray Brown – bass
Louis Hayes – drums

Recorded at MPS-Tonstudio, Villingen; 1972

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Count Basie & Oscar Peterson – Night Rider {Pablo}[OJC]


Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)
When they first met up for a full album in 1974, the two-piano team of Count Basie and Oscar Peterson must have seemed like an unlikely matchup. After all, Peterson is known for filling up his rapid solos with virtuosic passages while Basie is the master of the “less-is-more” approach, making every note count. But because Peterson has such high respect for Basie, he showed great self-restraint and left room for Basie’s percussive solos. Night Rider, like their two previous joint albums, emphasizes the similarities rather than the differences in these two masters’ styles.

Tracklist:
01. Night Rider (12:39)
02. Memories of You (04:57)
03. 9:20 Special (03:20)
04. Sweet Lorraine (07:08)
05. It’s a Wonderful World (03:21)
06. Blues for Pamela (08:07)

Personnel:
Count Basie – piano (organ on “Memories of You”)
Oscar Peterson – piano (electric piano on “Blues for Pamela”)
John Heard – bass
Louis Bellson – drums

Recorded at Group IV Studios, Hollywood; February 21-22, 1978.

Label: Pablo – OJC
Year: 1992
Genre: Jazz
Style: Standards, Piano Jazz
Total Time: 39:31

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Oscar Peterson & Dizzy Gillespie {Pablo}

Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)
This album was the first of five projects in which pianist Oscar Peterson dueted with a trumpeter. Now reissued on CD, the encounter finds Dizzy Gillespie (then 57) in good form for the period, interacting with Peterson on such pieces as “Caravan,” “Autumn Leaves,” “Blues for Bird” and two of Gillespie’s originals that have become standards: “Dizzy Atmosphere” and “Con Alma.” It’s a worthy acquisition for fans of Peterson and Gillespie.

Tracklist:
01 – Caravan
02 – Mozambique
03 – Autumn Leaves
04 – Close Your Eyes
05 – Blues for Bird
06 – Dizzy Atmosphere
07 – Alone Together
08 – Con Alma

Personnel:
Oscar Peterson – piano
Dizzy Gillespie – trumpet

Recorded in London; November 28 & 29, 1974.

Label: Pablo
Year: 1987
Genre: Jazz
Style: Standards, Bop

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