Sunday, October 29, 2017

Oscar Peterson - The Chronological (1952-1953)

In 2008 the producers of the Classics Chronological Series released a 21-track collection of studio recordings made under the supervision of Norman Granz during the early '50s by pianist Oscar Peterson, guitarist Barney Kessel, and bassist Ray Brown. During November and December 1952 the trio recorded a series of tunes composed by Duke Ellington and Irving Berlin ; these were subsequently released on the Mercury label. "Booker T. Blues" and the wickedly rocking "Streets Boogie," both spiked with Kessel's amplified guitar, appeared as a Norgran single under the name of the Tank Butterball Trio. Released on the Clef album Oscar Peterson Sings, tracks 13-20 illuminate another aspect of this man's inspired and prolific career. "Pompton Turnpike," most famous as a perennial hit by saxophonist and bandleader Charlie Barnet, comes from a session that took place on December 6, 1953. By this time Granz and Peterson had established a working relationship that would continue to bear fruit for several decades. The combination of instrumental standards, gutsy blues, and vocal chestnuts makes this a pleasantly varied installment in the complete recordings of Oscar Peterson on Classics.
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Oscar Peterson
The Chronological Classics


1 Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Ellington, Russell)  3:59
2 John Hardy's Wife (Ellington)  3:22
3 Always (Berlin)  2:53
4 Easter Parade (Berlin)  3:17
5 Alexander's Ragtime Band (Berlin)  2:53
6 The Song is Ended (Berlin)  3:22
7 Say It isn't So (Berlin)  3:10
8 Remember (Berlin)  3:23
9 If I Had You (Berlin)  3:14
10 How Deep is the Ocean (Berlin)  3:08
11 Streets Boogie (Peterson)  3:24
12 Booker T. Blues (Peterson)  3:03
13 I'm Glad There Is You (Dorsey, Madeira)  2:57
14 Polka Dots and Moonbeams (VanHeusen)  3:14
15 One for My Baby (Arlen, Mercer)  3:18
16 I Hear Music (Lane, Loesser)  2:30
17 Autumn in New York (Duke)  4:01
18 I Can't Give You Anything But Love (McHugh, Fields)  3:08
19 Spring Is Here (Hart, Rodgers)  2:48
20 The Things We Did Last Summer (Cahn, Styne)  4:01
21 Pompton Turnpike (Rogers, Osborne)  6:47


Oscar Peterson - p & vc [# 13-20]
Barney Kessel - g
Ray Brown - b

Recorded in Los Angeles, California ; November/December, 1952 [# 1-3 ; December, 1952 [# 4-12] ; May 21, 1953 [# 13-20] ; & December 6, 1953 [# 21]

Volume eight of the recordings of Oscar Peterson presented in chronological order opens with the final tracks made at an extented date in Los Angeles ; most of the resulting material is already out on Claddics 1426. Still in 1952, Peterson recorded an extented series with tap-dancer/singer Fred Astaire plus stars from Norman Granz's JATP stable. Hopefully this lovely music will also be out on this label before long. In addition to this project, the trio regularly recorded its repertory of songs from all periods of jazz and styles. Incidentally, both "Street Boogie" and "Booker T. Blues" are a little different in nature as the producer seems to have already planned these as single-issues when commissioning them. The opening remarks are from an early LP wich collated Oscar Peterson's vocals from this period. However, it is noteworthy that the tracks made in May 1953, were frist issued not on LP but on Clef 78 singles, obviously with the intention of getting these into juke boxes and have them boosted by disc jockeys who cared more about style than names : but Oscar Peterson had both style and a name ! To be continued...
Anatol Schenker, from the booklet.


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fcapeau said...

Love this trio time with Barney and Ray ! Many thanks, Mel.

Baal said...

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Mike said...

Sad to report that zippyshare is (temporarily, I hope) being red flagged by Chrome, and indeed has some easy to deal with new pop-ups. Anyway, thanks as always for filling yet another hole in my collection.

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

More thanks

deGallo said...

Marvelous! Thank you.

francisco santos said...

BIG THX!....

steve said...

Lovely, Mel! Thanks

Kovina Kris said...

Never too much Oscar. Thank you Mel!

Melanchthon said...