Monday, May 23, 2016

Oscar Peterson - Chronological Classics (1952)

The majority of te music heard on this CD was recorded on February 26, 1952. At the time equalled more than two complete LP's. Compared to today's standards it seems quite incredible that so much material and perfect at that cold be made during one recording sesion. But even in the fifties only Erroll Garner and a few other jazz artists needed so little time to produce so musch excellent music !
Volume five of the recordings of Oscar Peterson presented in chronological order opens with two remaining tracks from his first session of the year. We have always had a weak spot for both of these standards no least because of the present versions. The aforementioned monster session started out with an extented blues in honor of Fred Astaire. Later that same year Peterson, plus several stars from Norman Granz's stable accompanied the great actor/dancer/singer. The lines of this fast (and partly somewhat pyrotechnical) blues were then used during a tap dance routine by Fred Astaire. On the vastly superior rendition of "Body and Soul", Oscar Peterson gives a bow to Nat King Cole's playing on the July 2, 1944 JATP concert. Several of the recordings included here were originally issued as a complete side of a ten inch LP and were particulary long for the time. A great CD from 1-Z ! To be continued...
Anatol SchenkerMarch 2004, from the booklet

Oscar Peterson
Chronogical Classics
1952

Tracks

1 Blue Moon (Hart, Rodgers)  2:40
2 East of the Sun (Bowman)  3:00
3 The Astaire Blues (Peterson)  12:03
4 Tea for Two (Caesar, Youmans)  12:54
5 Slow Down (Peterson)  3:49
6 Oh, Lady Be Good (Gershwin)  12:11
7 Body and Soul (Eyton, Green, Heyman, Sour)  11:57
8 Stompin' at the Savoy (Goodman, Razaf, Sampson, Webb)  11:00
9 Rough Ridin' (Fitzgerald, Jones)  2:48
10 Just One of Those Things (Porter)  3:04

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Personnel
[# 1-2]
Oscar Peterson - p
Irving Ashby - g
Ray Brown - b
Recorded in Los Angeles ; January 26, 1952
[# 3-10]
Oscar Peterson - p
Barney Kessel - g
Ray Brown - b
Alvin Stoller - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles ; February 26, 1952

10 comments:

DJ Flipside said...

I feel it, baby!
Thank you Jazz Brother, I love you too!

Nice 1!

mrG said...

I met Oscar Peterson briefly in 1978 or so, I was to interview him for a campus radio station, and he was very gracious and the concert I remember was dazzling, but I must confess that I really didn't then and still don't know very much about Oscar's recordings outside of those later Pablo recordings, and I have a feeling those were not Peterson in his prime. I have a feeling now that this gap in my education is about to change! :) Thank you for posting these; very much appreciated.

deGallo said...

Thank you.

iñak said...

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der bajazzo said...

Thank you for this one, Melanchthon - it should have been titled "1952 Vol. 1") and thank you also for 1952 Vol. 2 which you posted in October.

Morris said...

Thank you very much for these early Peterson Classics posts! They are wonderful!

Philo said...

Love those Chronological Classics! Thanks Mel.

pedro gamundi said...

Gracias.

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Blue Eyes said...

Wonderful post! rhank you very much Mel!