Friday, August 8, 2014

Oscar Peterson - Live (Théâtre des Champs-Élysées & Salle Pleyel)

Peterson started classical piano lessons when he was six and developed quickly. After winning a talent show at 14, he began starring on a weekly radio show in Montreal. Peterson picked up early experience as a teenager playing with Johnny Holmes' Orchestra. From 1945-1949, he recorded 32 selections for Victor in Montreal. Those trio performances find Peterson displaying a love for boogie-woogie, which he would soon discard, and the swing style of Teddy Wilson and Nat King Cole. His technique was quite brilliant even at that early stage, and although he had not yet been touched by the influence of bop, he was already a very impressive player. Granz discovered Peterson in 1949 and soon presented him as a surprise guest at a Jazz at the Philharmonic concert. Peterson was recorded in 1950 on a series of duets with either Ray Brown or Major Holley on bass; his version of "Tenderly" became a hit. Peterson's talents were quite obvious, and he became a household name in 1952 when he formed a trio with guitarist Barney Kessel and Brown. Kessel tired of the road and was replaced by Herb Ellis the following year. The Peterson-Ellis-Brown trio, which often toured with JATP, was one of jazz's great combos from 1953-1958. Their complex yet swinging arrangements were competitive -- Ellis and Brown were always trying to outwit and push the pianist -- and consistently exciting. In 1958, when Ellis left the band, it was decided that no other guitarist could fill in so well, and he was replaced (after a brief stint by Gene Gammage) by drummer Ed Thigpen. In contrast to the earlier group, the Peterson-Brown-Thigpen trio (which lasted until 1965) found the pianist easily the dominant soloist. Later versions of the group featured drummers Louis Hayes (1965-1966), Bobby Durham (1967-1970), Ray Price (1970), and bassists Sam Jones (1966-1970) and George Mraz (1970).
Scott Yanow

Source :

Oscar Peterson
(Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
Salle Pleyel)


1 Mack the Knife (Blitzstein, Brecht, Weill)  6:43
2 Blues for Smedley (Peterson)  5:32
3 Misty (Burke, Garner)  5:50
4 Mumbles (Terry)  1:53
5 Blues Etude (Peterson)  5:43
6 You Look Good to Me (Lefco, Wells)  7:30
7 Stella by Starlight (Washington, Young)  4:46
8 Moanin' (Timmons)  6:24
9 Shelley's World (Traut)  9:03
10 Autumn Leaves (Kosma, Mercer, Prévert)  6:35


[# 1-4]
Clark Terry - tp [& vc, # 4 only]
Oscar Peterson - p
Ray Brown - b
Ed Thigpen - dr
Recorded at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris ; March 20, 1965
[# 5-10]
Oscar Peterson - p
Sam Jones - b
Louis Hayes - dr
Recorded at Salle Pleyel, Paris ; March 29, 1966


Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Thank you. Nice!

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Albertito Jazz said...

Thanks Mel!

fcapeau said...

Didn't miss these concerts at that time .. Great "Souvenirs". A big thank to you, Mel.

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Fernando said...

A Big thanks from Brasil!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You