Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Oscar Peterson - Chronological Classics 1950-1952

Oscar Peterson, after making his initial recordings in his native Montreal during 1945-1949, was presented by Norman Granz at a Jazz at the Philharmonic concert in 1950 and hit it big. At first he was featured in duos with either Ray Brown or Major Holley on bass. This CD begins with three selections from a Carnegie Hall concert on September 16, 1950, with Brown including extended versions of "Carnegie Blues" and "I Only Have Eyes for You." Seven studio recordings by the same duo precede the first five recordings by the Oscar Peterson Trio with Brown and guitarist Barney Kessel. This CD's final session has most of the selections recorded by Peterson and Brown with guitarist Irving Ashby on January 26, 1952 ; Kessel would not officially become the group's guitarist until the following month. Although more swing-oriented than he would become (and showing off the influence of Nat King Cole), Oscar Peterson was already a great virtuoso and rapidly developing his own voice on the piano. These formerly rare recordings are well worth acquiring.
Scott Yanow

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Oscar Peterson
Chronological Classics


1 Carnegie Blues (trad.)  8:20
2 Fine And Dandy (Swift)  3:49
3 I Only Have Eyes For You (Dubin, Warren)  7:20
4 How High The Moon (Hamilton,  Lewis)3:00
5 The Nearness Of You (Carmichael, Washington)  3:15
6 Gypsy In My Soul (Fancy Free) (Boland, Jaffe)  2:58
7 On The Alamo (Jones, Kahn)  2:21
8 Lullaby of the Leaves (Petkere, Young)  2:39
9 Laura (Mercer / David Raksin)  3:31
10 September in the Rain (Dubin, Warren)  3:07
11 Turtle Neck (Peterson)  2:17
12 It's Easy to Remember (Hart, Rodgers)  3:29
13 Pooper (Peterson)  2:56
14 Love for Sale (Porter)  3:12
15 Until the Real Thing Comes Along (Cahn, Chaplin, Freeman, Holiner, Nichols)  2:47
16 You Go to My Head (Coots, Gillespie)  3:55
17 They Can't Take That Away from Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:41
18 There's a Small Hotel (Hart, Rodgers)  2:28
19 You Turned the Tables on Me (Alter, Mitchell)  3:11
20 These Foolish Things (Link, Marvell, Strachey)  3:24
21 I Can't Get Started (Duke, Gershwin)  2:58


[# 1 -3]
Oscar Peterson - p
Ray Brown - b
Recorded at Carnegie Hall, New York ; September 16, 1950
[# 4-10]
Same as above
Recorded in New York ; January 19, 1951
[# 11-15]
Oscar Peterson - p
Barney Kessel - g
Ray Brown - b
Recorded in Los Angeles ; November 21, 1951
[# 16-21]
Oscar Peterson - p
Irving Ashby - g
Ray Brown - b
Recorded in Los Angeles ; January 26, 1952


cvllos said...

Wonderful cover, no?
We all should show some gratitude to you, Melanchthon, for your search of those old and marvelous covers.
A very good taste of you and how sensible you are for this "cover art".
Unfortunately the CD era was unable to keep this kind of art, mainly for its size, format, etc.
And life became unlovely on this music scenary and lost that old charm.

Melanchthon said...

Thank you, cvllos, for your comment... You're absolutely right...

iñak said...

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Buhodós said...

Muchas gracias. Un disco fantástico.

deGallo said...

Thank you. Very appreciated.

jose arboleda said...

Muchas gracias.

Val said...

Très apprécié !! Merci Melanchthon pour toutes ces musiques splendides. ;)

Harlan Taylor said...

Thank you very much for this.

fcapeau said...

Many thanks, Mel, for posting this series and for all these original sleeves ... very much appreciated !

iñak said...

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borodin said...

iñak, la tienes en la portada del blog, justo encima de "Search this blog"

borodin said...

Y muchas gracias Mel, eres un descubrimiento continuo.

Fernando said...

Thank Mel for one more gem and thank you for the great job on give us the original artworks and technical info.

pedro gamundi said...


Melanchthon said...

Tom Billisson said...

Wonderful recordings. Thank you so much.

steve said...

Lovely music Mel . . .Many thanks!

Anonymous said...

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Kovina Kris said...

Never too much Oscar (my favorite jazz pianist). Thank you!