Saturday, November 15, 2014

Oscar Peterson Trio + One

When the contract with Verve was terminated at the beginning of 1964, Mercury’s producers and owners endeavoured to find new openings for Oscar Peterson who was committed to the piano trio. Among them was an LP of songs with Nat King Cole numbers scored for big band, the only long composition by Peterson — a reminiscence of his Canadian native country, a Latin album, and the present meet-up with Clark Terry. Filled with mutual respect, with a complete understanding of one another’s humour, and deliciously swinging without being obtrusive, these ten numbers will get your feet tapping and your fingers snapping — although exactly 40 years have passed by.
Especially the blues pieces such as "Squeaky’s Blues", "Blues For Smedley" and "Incoherent Blues" are little oases of relaxed swing, freed as they are of the composers’ or producers’ preconceived ideas. In the liner notes, Oscar Peterson mentions how proud he is of the introduction to "They Didn’t Believe". And he deserves to be, but not just of this! A further reason for the relaxed atmosphere may well be that Oscar Peterson was permitted to play his own piano for the first time at a recording session. Surely he makes special mention of this because at the highly praised live sessions for Verve in London House in 1962 he had to perform on an out-of-tune piano which impaired the recordings. Looking back, one shouldn’t forget either that Oscar Peterson’s ears had already been spoiled by the Steinway and Boesendorfer pianos of SABA producer Brunner-Schwer and his excellent recording technique in his Black Forest studio.

Source :

Oscar Peterson


1 Brotherhood of Man (Loesser)  3:36
2 Jim (Shaw, Petrillo, Samuels)  3:02
3 Blues for Smedley (Peterson)  6:55
4 Roundalay (Peterson)  3:56
5 Mumbles (Terry)  2:02
6 Mack the Knife (Weil, Brecht, Blitzstein)  5:17
7 They Didn't Believe Me (Kern, Reynolds)  4:20
8 Squeaky's Blues (Peterson)  3:29
9 I Want a Little Girl (Mencher, Moll)  5:10
10 Incoherent Blues (Terry)  2:42


Oscar Peterson - p
Clark Terry - tp
Ray Brown - b
Ed Thigpen - dr

Recorded in New York City ; August 1964


Melanchthon said...

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

steve said...

This looks great Mel! Trumpet quartets are not as prevalent as I would like!!!

Ананасий Непитин said...

great album of the great people.
thanks a lot, Melanchthon!

creation25 said...

Brotherhood of Man - what an uplifting song! Thank you, Mel.

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!

Cooljazz said...

Thank you for the Bud Powell album.

pe444rro said...

Great, great!!!!!
Thanl you Mel

Philo said...

This is one I hadn't heard before. Thanks Mel. I'm really enjoying the music.