Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Oscar Peterson - Chronological Classics (1952, vol. 2)

Volume six of the recordings of Oscar Peterson presented in chronological order, opens with two tracks showing a different aspect of the leader on record. Peterson's playing has influences of Nat "King" Cole but his admiration and paralells to Cole are much more evident on the vocal sides recorded at the very end of the session from February 26, 1952, all other tracks made that day are out on Classics 1362. Peterson never considered himself as a great vocalist but the present exemples prove that he also excelled in this department. These tracks could easily fool experts into assuming the vocalist was indeed Cole himself ! Over the years Peterson only recorded a handful of vocals which is sad since he posseses such a natural, warming and charming voice. The following instrumentals were first issued on a serie of Lps entitled Oscar Peterson Plays... Norman Granz seems to have liked the concept of collating tunes from the same composers into the albums - the "Song Book" - series of Ella Fitzgerald immediatly comes to mind. However, according to the principles of Classics the tracks have not been grouped by composer but by the order in which they were recorded at the studio. To be continued...
Anatole Schenker, August 2005, from the booklet

Oscar Peterson
Chronological Classics
1952, vol. 2


1 Too Marvelous for Words (Mercer, Whiting)  2:52
2 But Not for Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:30
3 Thou Swell (Rodgers)  2:30
4 Willow Weep for Me (Ronell)  3:19
5 Pick Yourself Up (Kern)  3:26
6 Long Ago and Far Away (Kern)  3:46
7 Love Walked on (Gershwin)  3:07
8 I Got Rhythm (Gershwin)  3:17
9 A Fine Romance (Kern)  3:13
10 A Foggy Day (Gershwin)  3:38
11 Strike up the Band (Gershwin)  3:16
12 The man I Love (Gershwin)  3:31
13 Let's Do It (Porter)  2:57
14 It Ain't Necessarily So (Gershwin)  3:13
15 I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm (Berlin)  2:52
16 I've Got a Crush on You (Gershwin)  2:53
17 Night and Day (Porter)  3:41
18 Isn't This a Lovely Day (Berlin)  3:20
19 What is this Thing Called Love (Porter)  3:09
20 Oh, Lady Be Good (Gershwin)  3:55
21 'S Wonderful (Gershwin)  2:37


Oscar Peterson - p & vc
Barney Kessel - g
Ray Brown - b

Recorded in Los Angeles ; February 26, 1952 [# 1 & 2] ; May & June 1952 [# 3 & 4] ; & November & December, 1952 [# 5-21]


Albertito Jazz said...

Thanks, Melanchthon, for all!

pedro gamundi said...


Val said...

Thank Mel !

jose arboleda said...

muchas gracias

Barron said...

I had no idea Oscar could sing, and he's good at it! Thanks.

Fernando said...


deGallo said...

Thank you! Wonderful!

Scraps said...

Thank you for this important early Oscar. (Well, any Oscar is important Oscar.)

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

More music..more thanks.
My best regards, Mel.

Anonymous said...

Gracias, Buen aporte. Saludos.

steve said...

Thanks for this Mel.

Melanchthon said...

Kovina Kris said...

There are many jazz pianists that I really like but if I was told I could only choose one it would be Oscar. Thank you Mel!

DEEP said...

I think I'd have to go with Blind Arthur (Tatum)

Kovina Kris said...

It never ceases to amaze me how much OP sounds like NKC vocally!

Jeronyme said...

Merci !

Jazz Padd said...

Thanks very much for this, and all the other, beautiful music.