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Oscar Peterson – Plays The Richard Rodgers Song Book (1959/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Oscar Peterson – Plays The Richard Rodgers Song Book (1959/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 30:25 minutes | 1,13 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download / Source: HDTT | Transferred from a Verve 4-track tape | Artwork: Digital booklet
Recorded in Chicago, July 21 & August 1,1959

In the 1950s and early ’60s, producer Norman Granz perfected the songbook approach to album production by having vocalist Ella Fitzgerald interpret large segments of the standard jazz repertoire. In a frankly stated effort to expand the listening audience for this great body of work, Granz also asked Canadian pianist Oscar Peterson to churn out numerous instrumental songbooks albums under his own name with various combos. By the end of the decade, these included Oscar’s newly reconfigured trio with bassist Ray Brown and drummer Ed Thigpen. Like its companion albums, Peterson’s Richard Rodgers Song Book was never intended as a set of exercises in soul-searching profundity. Instead what you get are simple, straightforward, well-played appreciations of great American songwriting. Most of the melodies on this album resulted from Rodgers’ extraordinary collaborative relationship with lyricist Lorenz Hart, and a couple of Oscar Hammerstein numbers were thrown in as well. Those who enjoy this pleasant offering may wish to investigate Peterson’s songbook salutes to Duke Ellington, Vincent Youmans, Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin, and numerous others.

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Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Milt Jackson – The Very Tall Band: Live at the Blue Note (1999) [Telarc] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Milt Jackson – The Very Tall Band (1999) [Telarc]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 70:23 minutes | Scans included | 2,86 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,29 GB

Oscar Peterson’s landmark meeting with Milt Jackson in the mid-’60s produced the very successful studio date Very Tall. They’ve played and recorded together on a number of occasions since then, joined by Ray Brown more often than not, but these live tracks recorded at the Blue Note are among their most satisfying sessions. Peterson continues his strong comeback from the serious stroke that he suffered in 1993, replacing his once ferocious tempos with an uncanny lyricism. Brown’s introduction to “Blues for JR” and his bass solo medley are superb, while Jackson remains a master of the blues. The finale of “Caravan” features drummer Karriem Riggins and brings the session to a thunderous climax. Highly recommended.

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Oscar Peterson Trio – West Side Story (1962/2014) [Official Digital Download DSF DSD64/2.82MHz + FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Oscar Peterson Trio – West Side Story (1962/2014)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz | Time – 35:24 minutes | 1,39 GB
or FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 35:24 minutes | 734 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Artwork: Digital booklet

One of the first Broadway musical scores to be overtly jazz-influenced was Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story”, a tale of rival street gangs in the inner city. In 1962, pianist Oscar Peterson put his light-swing signature on the already popular score, making it, in the words of one critic, ‘a delight to hear again’ and earning him a Grammy nomination.

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Oscar Peterson, Stephane Grappelli – Skol (1982) [Reissue 2004] {SACD ISO + FLAC}

Oscar Peterson, Stephane Grappelli – Skol (1982) [Reissue 2004]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 40:16 minutes | Front/Rear Covers+PDF | 711 MB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Front/Rear Covers+PDF | 946 MB

Skol is one of the great cooperative sessions among jazz recordings. Swinging and fellow feeling, not leadership or stardom, were the primary considerations when Norman Granz put together in concert Oscar Peterson, Stephane Grappelli, Joe Pass, Mickey Roker, and Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen.

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Various Artists – Oscar, With Love: The Songs Of Oscar Peterson (2015/2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Various Artists – Oscar, With Love: The Songs Of Oscar Peterson (2015/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:58:27 minutes | 3 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Mack Avenue Records

To mark the ninetieth anniversary of the legendary jazz pianist Oscar Peterson’s birth, Peterson’s widow, Kelly Peterson, produced a tribute album for the ages: Oscar, with Love, a marvelous three-disc set comprising ten never-before-recorded Peterson compositions, nineteen of his better-known works and seven compositions written especially for him, performed by sixteen contemporary piano masters on Peterson’s personal Boesendorfer Imperial piano at his private studio in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

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Oscar Peterson – Oscar Peterson Plays The Jerome Kern Song Book (1959/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Oscar Peterson – Oscar Peterson Plays The Jerome Kern Song Book (1959/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 34:19 minutes | 1,45 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download  | Front Cover | © Verve

Within a one-month period the Oscar Peterson Trio (with bassist Ray Brown and their new drummer Ed Thigpen) recorded nine different Songbook, 108 selections in all. Not too surprisingly, this music had a minimum of prior planning and few arranged passages, putting it on a lower level than the typical music played by Peterson’s prior trio with guitarist Herb Ellis. The 12 numbers performed for the Jerome Kern album are given melodic and consistently swinging treatments with such songs as ‘I Won’t Dance,’ ‘The Song Is You,’ and ‘Pick Yourself Up’ among the better selections heard on this pleasing program.

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Oscar Peterson with Herb Ellis & Ray Brown – Tenderly (2002/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Oscar Peterson with Herb Ellis & Ray Brown – Tenderly (2002/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 01:02:15 minutes | 589 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Booklet, Front Cover | © Justin Time Records Inc.

Although there are numerous recordings featuring the Oscar Peterson Trio (with bassist Ray Brown and guitarist Herb Ellis), the discovery of another previously unreleased date such as this one is welcome news to his fans. This concert, recorded in the summer of 1958 at the Orpheum Theater in Vancouver, Canada, finds the group in top form, beginning with the simmering treatment of “Alone Together.”

In addition to other familiar favorites (such as a gallop through “The Surrey With the Fringe on Top” and a pristine take of “My Funny Valentine”), the trio delves into rarely heard original material, including Peterson’s lovely “Music Box Suite” (also known as “Daisy’s Dream”) and a pair of works by Ellis, the wide-ranging solo feature called “Patricia” and “Pogo,” a turbocharged bop line focusing on Ellis and Brown, with a deliberately delayed entrance by the leader.

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Oscar Peterson Trio – We Get Requests (1965) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2010] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

The Oscar Peterson Trio – We Get Requests (1965) [Japanese SHM-SACD 2010]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 40:40 minutes | Scans included | 1,67 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 856 MB

Pianist Oscar Peterson has long been such a consistent performer that none of his records are throwaways, but this particular set is weaker than most. Since several of the songs are the type that in the mid-’60s would get requested (such as “People,” “The Girl from Ipanema,” and “The Days of Wine and Roses”), the program would not seem to have much potential, but Peterson mostly uplifts the material (although not much could be done with “People”) and adds a few songs (such as his own “Goodbye, J.D.” and John Lewis’ “D & E”). Overall, this is a reasonably enjoyable Oscar Peterson session, featuring bassist Ray Brown and drummer Ed Thigpen.

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Oscar Peterson – Travelin’ On (1968) [Reissue 2003] SACD ISO

Oscar Peterson – Travelin’ On (1968) [Reissue 2003]
SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 37:42 minutes | Scans included | 1,58 GB
or FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Official Digital Download | Front cover | 736 MB

This is yet another memorable concert by the Oscar Peterson Trio recorded in Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer’s excellent studio. With bassist Sam Jones and drummer Bobby Durham, Peterson tears into the old gospel favorite “Travelin’ On” with a passion second to none. Following it is a beautiful treatment of Johnny Mandel’s timeless ballad “Emily,” which runs for over ten minutes but never loses its impact. Durham sets the pace with his soft percussion to set up Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Corcovado” (later known as “Quiet Nights”), though Peterson devours the song whole with a breathtaking display of his formidable technique. Francy Boland’s “Sax No End” was a relatively new composition, having been recorded for the first time just the previous year by the Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band. But one can almost hear a larger ensemble by listening to Peterson’s virtuoso interpretation in an uptempo setting, assisted by Jones’ agile bass and Durham’s steady percussion. Peterson cools off his audience with an extended exploration of Benny Carter’s “When Lights Are Low,” though his fresh approach makes it seem like a brand new composition. Like other releases in Oscar Peterson’s Exclusively for My Friends series, Travelin’ On is warmly recommended.

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Oscar Peterson – The Way I Really Play (1968) [Reissue 2003] SACD ISO

Oscar Peterson – The Way I Really Play (1968) [Reissue 2003]
SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 40:53 minutes | Scans included | 1,71 GB
or FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Official Digital Download | Front cover | 789 MB

The third volume of Oscar Peterson’s Exclusively for My Friends series, all recorded with an invited audience in the warm studio of producer Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer, features live trio sessions with bassist Sam Jones and drummer Bobby Durham. The program opens with an unusual medley of Ray Brown’s “Waltzing Is Hip” (played with gusto) and a gently swinging “Satin Doll.” The influence of Art Tatum is apparent during his intricate runs within “Love Is Here to Stay,” while the multifaceted original “Sandy’s Blues” (dedicated to his wife) combines a dark mood with a swinging setting. The lighthearted waltzing treatment of “Alice in Wonderland” is pure joy, while another original, “Noreen’s Nocturne,” is simply a showstopper.

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