Don't miss this one - it's one of his best
James A. Vedda | Alexandria, VA USA | 04/12/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Oscar Peterson's long and prolific career has given jazz collectors a large number of CDs to choose from as we attempt to properly represent his work in our music libraries. Don't let this album get lost in the multitude - in my opinion, it is a must-have. Oscar hit his stride in the 1970s, and this album was recorded at the beginning of that amazingly productive period.
The opening track, "Blues for Martha," is a real attention-getter. It's a great demonstration of some of Oscar's signature techniques. You'll think you're listening to a big band arrangement, complete with brass punch figures, ensemble choruses, and horn sections playing off one another - but it's all Oscar on piano! And his fast-moving lines in parallel octaves make a powerful statement.
Slower pieces in this assortment ("Greensleeves," "All the Things You Are," "It Never Entered My Mind") are great showcases for Oscar's taste, demonstrating that subtlety can mix with blazing technique, the latter always impressive but never overwhelming.
The energy level is kept up with "Too Close for Comfort" (more of that virtual big band sound bracketing his rapid-fire solo). To add some blues to the mix, there's "The Jamfs Are Coming" (listen to the wild "ensemble" playing in the middle of this one!). Oscar finishes the album with the up-tempo "Carolina Shout" which seems to say, "let's end this gig with something fun."
Put this one in your collection, and look for his other great work from the 1970s."
Lucian Chavez | united states | 02/08/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The late great Oscar left this great recording for all to listen and to share his great talent.
The recording quality is great and the playing is excellent!
A must have in your Oscar collection."