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Exclusively for My Friends: Lost Tapes
Oscar Peterson
Exclusively for My Friends: Lost Tapes
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
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Between 1963 and 1968, Oscar Peterson released a series of six albums for the German MPS label. Recorded before a live audience in an elegant, old Black Forest villa, the albums had a looser, more intimate feel than the co...  more »

      
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All Artists: Oscar Peterson
Title: Exclusively for My Friends: Lost Tapes
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Polygram Records
Original Release Date: 9/24/1996
Release Date: 9/24/1996
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Swing Jazz, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
Other Editions: Exclusively for My Friends: The Lost Tapes
UPCs: 731452909626, 0731452909626

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Between 1963 and 1968, Oscar Peterson released a series of six albums for the German MPS label. Recorded before a live audience in an elegant, old Black Forest villa, the albums had a looser, more intimate feel than the commercially minded projects he cut with American producer Norman Granz. This album consists of previously unreleased performances from '65 to '67. On the later sessions, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Ed Thigpen are replaced by Sam Jones and Bobby Durham, respectively. Peterson reins supreme on the keys, leavening his baroque flourishes, which eventually came to characterize his playing, with convivial good vibes. --Rick Mitchell

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If you buy only one jazz piano CD- this is it
02/06/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"a jazz player once told me flat out that Oscar was the best. I dutifully shook my head yes and listened to a lot of his early stuff. Great talent but somewhat uninspiring arrangements. Then I stumbled onto this CD. If you know anything about playing the piano, you will listen to this performance with your mouth wide open, barely able to believe what you are hearing. His virtuosity and sheer "athleticism" are beyond description. This CD is simply a journey to another world."
Ah, so this is why the heavens created the piano...
Leonard Sahn | 11/15/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is incredible. This is no longer jazz, but an entire genre of music in its own right, which swings so hard they had to lose the tapes, it seems.The version of Squeaky's Blues just takes your ears and your heart and rips them to shreds, and then it really gets going. Damn, this is good."
Vintage Peterson
Leonard Sahn | Orchard Lake, MI USA | 12/09/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is one of Peterson's finest efforts, although the disc set is hard to find. The reltively rare selections and their assembly form a complete work and allow the listener to experience the many aspects of his virtuosity. From the elegance and beauty of his unique chords that are the essence of Peterson, to the fast driving up-tempo tracks, you get to hear them without the annoying flourish and embellishment that distract in other recordings. This live performance captures Peterson at his very best, in his prime."