Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Exclusively for My Friends
Genres: Jazz, Pop
These four discs collect the material on six long plays of trios and solos that Oscar Peterson recorded in Villingen, Germany, between 1963 and 1968. On standards galore, Peterson never lets up in his rigorous, swinging ap... more »
These four discs collect the material on six long plays of trios and solos that Oscar Peterson recorded in Villingen, Germany, between 1963 and 1968. On standards galore, Peterson never lets up in his rigorous, swinging approach. He is at his prime on these recordings, as he himself noted later. The improvisations range from extraordinary to awe-inspiring. The lyricism of Nat King Cole is in there, along with Art Tatum-esque rococoisms and Bud Powell-like attack. Which partners best complemented Peterson's girth, and bowed to it least, is always in dispute. On six tracks here, Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen lay claim against the earlier Brown-Herb Ellis unit. The set comes with a 32-page booklet containing black-and-white historical and original-cover photographs, and a detailed discography. --Peter Monaghan
email@example.com | Canberra, Australia | 06/17/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This four CD box set stands as the true benchmark of Oscar Petersons mammoth recording ouput. The recordings were made privately before select audiences from 1963 through until 1968. All of the selections feature Peterson in a trio with the likes of Ray Brown, Sam Jones and Ed Thigpen in support.The material represented here consists almost entirely of jazz standards with just two Peterson originals. Peterson's playing is varied from agressive uptempo romps (Eg. "Travellin' On") to more subdued ballads (Eg. "Emily"). The music on this set is very enjoyable and does not become at all repetative in nature. The recording quality is of a good standard and consistant throughout the set.Overall, I would highly recommend this set to any jazz listener. Peterson's technique is absolutely flawless and swings hard with the bass-drum support (Take "Tin Tin Deo" for example! ). The music documented here is quite simply essential and should form part of any representative jazz collection."
Can Oscar tickle the Ivories!!!
R. Shaff | USA | 09/29/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In these four incredible discs recorded in Villingen, Germany, between 1963 and 1968, Peterson truly plays the spectrum here with the standards and a few originals. With Brown, Thigpen and Jones in tow, Peterson captures the aura of true jazz emotion. Peterson stands with the great jazz pianists but this set proves this claim.Regardless the dated recordation, the sound and clarity on these discs is excellent. Many times, older recordings become muted and tinny. This one surpasses that taboo. In addition to the four discs, this set comes with a 32-page booklet containing historical photographs, original-cover photographs, and a detailed discography. The value of this set is truly outstanding.I highly recommend this set for purchase."
CONSUMMATE PERFORMANCES FROM THE GREAT MASTER
Brian D. Fitzpatrick | Medford, MA | 03/20/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If your a Peterson fan,this is the 'loin cut'.In this well-rounded collection,there are two trio formats, including the high calibre playing of SAM JONES and RAY BROWN,BOBBY DURHAM,ED THIGPEN,AND LOUIS HAYES on bass and drums respectively. All provide exceptional support throughout this collection.And in addition,Peterson presents us with a beautiful set of solo piano pieces which could well be considered the 'companion' to his other brilliant solo recording,'TRACKS'.This comes very highly reccommended, as it represents the quintessential example of piano performances in the trio and solo platforms at the very highest level from one of the greatest legends of the piano in modern jazz history. Highlights for me were 'AT LAST LONG LOVE',and'TIN TIN DEO',which are great examples of how much can be done in the 'trio platform'with good arranging,and gorgeous solo interpretations of 'I SHOULD CARE','WHO CAN I TURN TO', and 'BODY AND SOUL'.On all three Oscar starts in a rubato format,where he lays down those 'fat' sonorities which only the largest of hands can pull off,those lush and dense voicings,the prototypic signature voice of Oscar Peterson.Then some more reflective pieces'LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE',and,'I'M IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE'(an exhaustive study of the possibilites in the approach to the re-harmonization of chords,especially in the alteration of dominant functions),'LITTLE GIRL BLUE'for it's plaintive and recflective aura,as it floats away on Debussy/Ravel-like harmonic textures.'BYE BYE BLACKBIRD',in which Oscar provides us with a virtual masterclass in the art of 'block-chord' playing.And finally,'LULU'S BACK IN TOWN',a great example of genuine stride-piano.Peterson 'digs' right through this one. EXCLUSIVELY FOR MY FRIENDS is a marvellous collection you can return to again and again over the years for your listening pleasure.The whole package is a real treat!Enjoy.Health and Happiness.