Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Oscar Peterson Quartet #1

This 1952 studio session is one of a few recordings made during guitarist Barney Kessel's brief tenure working with Oscar Peterson and Ray Brown. Expanded to a quartet for this session by the addition of drummer Alvin Stoller, the group's extended workouts allow for a lot of showmanship, starting with Peterson's rapid-fire "The Astaire Blues," where the pianist's volcanic technique never fails to dazzle. The leader gives Kessel a bit more space in the subdued but swinging renditions of "Stompin' at the Savoy" and "Body and Soul." Brown provides his usual strong pulse, while Stoller's rather light touch is welcome.
Ken Dryden

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Oscar Peterson
Quartet #1


1 The Astaire Blues (Peterson)  12:05
2 Oh, Lady Be Good (Gershwin, Gershwin)  11:02
3 Body and Soul (Eyton, Green, Heyman, Sour)  11:52
4 Stompin' at the Savoy (Goodman, Razaf, Sampson, Webb)  12:12
5 Tea For Two (Youmans, Caesar)  12:52


Oscar Peterson - p
Barney Kessel - g
Ray Brown - b
Alvin Stoller - dr

Recorded in Los Angeles, California ; February 26, 1952

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Blue Eyes said...

Great album with Barney Kessel ! Recommended !

luthier said...

OP Quartet #1 - What a great album! Thanks! :)

L.O.L. said...

Fantastic. :D

peerlessbetty said...

Great albums but I can't find your pw - RS account has exceeded public downloads. CAn you let me know what the pw is? thanks and regards

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you Mel. As always you post another great selection.

deGallo said...

Barney Kessel! Yes. Thank you.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel, this one looks fantastic! Will be played tonight for sure.

AmyBRAINS said...

Yes, it'e really a great album.
Many, many thanks, Melanchthon.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Melanchthon said...

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you very much

Tom Billisson said...

Thanks. Great work.

Kovina Kris said...

Great post!