Brilliant and very listenable
Drew Heywood | Richmond, VA USA | 10/07/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I can't understand the first reviewer's critical review. To me, this album has always sounded brilliant. I remember listening with a jazz musician friend who was nearly ecstatic over Oscar Peterson's playing. If the criticism is that this is a somewhat quiet album, I'd agree that it's a bit quiet but not that this is a disadvantage. The arranging and performances are complex, inventive, and lyrical. Gene Perling expresses his aranging skills in some of the most lush and wonderful chords and harmonies you could ask for.
It is true that this is not Oscar Peterson at his most virtuosic. We're so used to hearing him playing stuff that only he can play that it's rare to encounter him in a more lyrical mood. This album is a chance to catch that side of him. His playing is often gentle and melodious and always blends with the ensemble. Listen to the way his trio complements the singers in "The Shadow of Your Smile," which, incidentally features some wonderfully lush harmonies. Peterson's playing is unlike anything you ever heard on an elevator. Listen closely and you'll be rewarded with musical lines of great and subtle intricacy.
Gene Perling Is without doubt one of the greatest arranger for jazz voices. I consider this album one of his most interesting efforts. It certainly isn't "middle-of-the-road pop." Just as so many of my favorite classical works are adagios, I see nothing wrong with jazz showing a quiet side from time-to-time."
Thomas E. Davis | Boynton Beach, Fl. | 11/24/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Excellent music for the jazz buff. Not only do you get what I consider the greatest piano trio ever but with wonderful jazz vocals. A must for music lovers."