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.
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.
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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.