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Oscar's Ballads
Oscar Peterson
Oscar's Ballads
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
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Oscar Peterson's spotless, fiery technique can fool you. He's also a jazz pianist with a sensitive side. And on this disc, Telarc gathers some of his best ballad cuts and reveals just how versatile Peterson can be. In his ...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Oscar Peterson
Title: Oscar's Ballads
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Telarc
Original Release Date: 1/1/1990
Re-Release Date: 4/24/2001
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Swing Jazz, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 089408350429

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Oscar Peterson's spotless, fiery technique can fool you. He's also a jazz pianist with a sensitive side. And on this disc, Telarc gathers some of his best ballad cuts and reveals just how versatile Peterson can be. In his hands, these original tunes are infused with grace, warmth, and just a hint of swing, and they're all worth hearing. "Harcourt Nights" gets a lush orchestral backing thanks to the Michel Legrand Strings. "If You Only Knew" features Peterson and Benny Green together, weaving long, lyrical piano lines, and "Nighttime" features the pianist at his most soft-hued. As usual, Peterson's lightening-fast fingers are astounding, as is his accompaniment (especially tracks featuring Roy Hargrove and Herb Ellis). All of these recordings have been previously released, but it's nice to have so many soulful and gorgeous ballads on one CD. A rare glimpse at Peterson's lesser-heard playing style. --Jason Verlinde

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Oscar's Ballads
Randy McClure | Portland, OR USA | 06/10/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Spoiled by the likes of Nigerian Marketplace (the only album to have if stranded on a deserted desert isle), and Night Train (a serious classic), I was slightly "offed" by this recording - it simply falls a little flat. I'm a monster OP fan, and have many of his works, but this is the 1st I've considered selling back as used. Oscar's Bop/Swing stuff more poignantly captures the spirit of his art, while this recording suggests an effort to captialize on a his reputation for greatness - which he most definitely is! However, if you want to purchase a piano balladeer that is sure to please, try any of Bill Evans'early works, particularly "Waltz for Debbie," but don't make the mistake of making this recording your entre' into the world of Oscar Peterson - get Nigerian Marketplace...Now!!"
Simply "Spot-On"!
E. B. Hopkins | Seattle, WA | 05/23/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I'm STILL in awe at the performance that OSCAR PETERSON gives on this CD. I purchased this album looking for some "background" music for an Anniversary dinner I was making for my wife. Needless to say, the lush piano picked me up and wisked me away to somewhere my heart had only DREAMT about! I sat there, my attention fully on this CD, and burned our dinner. I would have to say my favorite is, When Summer Comes. Such a full and haunting masterpiece to me. I can BARELY get it away from my wife, because when she takes a bath she ALWAYS grabs this CD and a book! Oh about dinner........we went out! Get this one quickly!"