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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

CD Review: Oscar Peterson - Get Happy

Oscar Peterson (piano); Ray Brown or Major Holley (bass)
(Review by Lance).

I'm in deep trouble - I have a pile of current releases awaiting review but how, in all honesty, can I give them preference over this? 

Oscar Peterson is my undisputed jazz keyboard king. Art Tatum was great but, wonderful as he was, he didn't quite swing the way Oscar did - ask any drummer who played with him! Nor did Tatum explore harmony the way Peterson did. Admittedly, in later years, he [Peterson] became a predictable machine but when these recordings were made (1949/50) he was close to his peak even though it was early days.

A choice selection of standards including Tenderly. Peterson took the waltz out of the ballroom and turned it into one of the all-time jazz piano classics. 

Like the rest of the series the re-mastering is simply magnificent.
Another one of the essential BMG Dreyfus Jazz releases due out on May 10.
Lance.

Exactly Like You; Little White Lies; Three O'Clock in the Morning; Nameless; Tenderly; Debut; Two Sleepy People; Lover, Come Back To Me; Oscar's Blues; Where or When; Salute to Garner; All the Things You Are; In the Middle of a Kiss; Get Happy; They Didn't Believe Me; Jumpin' With Symphony Sid; Robbin's Nest; Carnegie Blues; I Only Have Eyes for You.

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