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Night Train [Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Oscar PetersonAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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One of the greatest jazz pianists of all time, Oscar Peterson (b. 1925) is also quite possibly the most prolific. Ever since 1950, Peterson has recorded an enormous amount of music, and he has consistently amazed listeners with his brilliant playing.

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  • Audio CD (May 20, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: 1963
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B0000047D4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,137 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Happy-Go-Lucky Local (AKA 'Night Train')
2. C-Jam Blues
3. Georgia On My Mind
4. Bags' Groove
5. Moten Swing
6. Easy Does It
7. The Honeydripper
8. Things Ain't What They Used To Be
9. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
10. Band Call
11. Hymn To Freedom
12. Happy-Go-Lucky Local (AKA 'Night Train') (Alternate Take)
13. Volare
14. My Heart Belongs To Daddy
15. Moten Swing (Rehearsal Take)
16. Now's The Time
17. This Could Be The Start Of Something

Editorial Reviews

This 1962 recording represents Oscar Peterson at his most commercially accommodating, yet his trio with Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen never fails to swing. The program includes such familiar melodies as the title track (which began life as Duke Ellington's "Happy Go Lucky Local"), "Georgia on My Mind," and "The Honeydripper." With the notable exception of the gospel-like original "Hymn to Freedom," most of the tracks clock in at around three minutes. This reissue contains several alternate takes that were wisely left off the original LP, including such unlikely jazz vehicles as "Volare" and "My Heart Belongs to Daddy." --Rick Mitchell

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth, Cool, Sophisticated May 2, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Though some have accused Peterson of being a bit "dry", don't let that keep you away from this absolutely essential album. Very few trio sessions possess a charm so carefree yet romantic, so swingin' yet calm, so rich yet simplistic. This is superb music-making. I recommend it to jazz-haters without reserve: it'll make you change your mind. Peterson serves up warm, passionate performances while the back-up is both muted and solid. I had a first edition LP which I found at a yard sale, bought the CD when it was first released and am happy to own this remastered effort. The purpose of a great remastering/reissue job is to bring out all the nuances of a recording and this rerelease does that and lots more. No CD collection should be without this classic recording. Worth every one of the five stars I've accorded it...
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding and essential jazz piano July 12, 2002
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Night Train is one of the best jazz piano albums I have yet to hear. Oscar Peterson is spellbinding -- both at breakneck and leisurely speeds -- and the ensemble is tight. Favorites here include Ellington's C-Jam Blues (only two notes!), The Honeydripper, Moten Swing, a definitive Band Call and of course a memorable rendition of the title track. I am a huge fan of Dave Brubeck, but one ride on the Night Train and it's obvious Peterson was something special. If you like exciting jazz piano -- this isn't background music -- Night Train is essential.
The bonus tracks? I don't like to complain about getting something for nothing, but it would not be hard to argue that the original album is a classic that needed no embellishment. Even with lesser songs, Peterson turns in a convincing performance and these pass muster. 'Now's the Time' is an amazing bit of keyboard athleticism -- a performance more worthy than the tune. 'This Could Be the Start of Something' is similarly a superior performance of a not-so-superior number.
The jury is still out on Verve's cardboard CD jackets. It looks nice but is destined to fall apart long before the CD fails. Perhaps Verve thought they were doing us a favor. Still a five-star album, but packaging is (a small) part of the equation.
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50 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the best February 7, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Unlike many jazz piano lovers, I have never thought Oscar Peterson was showing off or playing too many notes, though I also love Count Basie, whose sparse playing goes in the opposite direction.
This album is wonderfully appealing and, could be a great place to start with Oscar if you aren't yet acquainted with his music.
I love every track [but only have the original CD], and appreciate the variety on the recording, from C Jam Blueswith its distinctive percussion and piano and double bass solos, to slow ballads like Hymn To Freedom and Things Ain't What They Used To Be through rollicking songs like Night Train and Moten Swing.
Another terrific album is Tracks, which is one of few solo recordings.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true genius creating mood swings! May 22, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Peterson is considered one of the finest jazz pianists of all time, and this is his finest recording! With only three men in his group, he creates different emotions within a song. He is a true genius creating mood swings. And swing it does! Take the opening cut Night Train, near the end the mood is overcast and blue yet by the end of the song Peterson, Thigpen and Brown raise the mood to one of cool optimism. There is not one bad cut in this album. My other favorites are C Note Blues, Moten Swing and Call to Freedom. I first bought this album in 1963 and it has never grown old. Just buy it! You'll love it!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best jazz albums of all time May 24, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is one of my most favourite jazz albums of all time. And this remastered version makes a perfect album even more perfect. With it's 6 bonus tracks, meticulous remastering and great packaging, this is a must-have for any jazz lover. Peterson truly is the best jazz pianist of all time, and this is one of his best recordings. The 12 page booklet includes photos of OP, Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen, as well as informative liner notes, including track-by-track notes. For me, the true highlight of this album is the wonderful "Hymn to Freedom" with its tremoloed, chorded climax that almost has you on your feet cheering. This album is much more than just a jazz is a work of art.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this Night Train!! September 29, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The Oscar Peterson trio were really "on track" when they engineered this album! There isn't anything not to like! Oscar Peterson's jazz stylings clearly demonstrate his mastery of the piano and he proves to his listeners that he richly deserved his induction into the Jazz Hall of Fame.
This trio's playing is really tight and shines brilliantly whether they are really swinging or whether they're emoting on the smoother, slower numbers.
This is the perfect "gateway" album to introduce non-listeners to jazz or to introduce newcomers to Oscar Peterson. To say that this album will appeal to non-jazz listeners isn't meant to diminish it in any way. The skill and execution of these numbers by the trio will dazzle jazz afficionados as well. This CD makes it to my player regularly. I'd highly recommend this album to anyone without any reservations.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Truthfully, I own about 40 Oscar Peterson LPs and CDs, ranging from his duo (with Ray Brown) to his first trio (with Barney Kessel) to his next one (with Herb Ellis) to his first trio with drums (Ed Thigpen) to the next one (with Bobby Durham and Sam Jones) to his hard-swinging albums with Danish bassist Nils-Orsted Pederson to his latter-day performances, pre- and post-stroke. With the exception of the final recordings (sadly, Oscar was reduced to being a primarily one-handed piano player), you can't go wrong with any period, and it's a good idea to have, minimally, 5-6 recordings, each representing one of the aforementioned periods.

"Night Train" does not, despite its recurrent popularity, strike me as clearly rising above any of the others, but it's a good representation of Oscar with Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen. And it's enough to suggest Oscar's single-most contribution to jazz: swing.

No one could swing harder than Oscar. First, it was Basie who, beginning in the mid-1930s, took swing a notch above any other ensemble, large or small. But then with the appearance of pioneer bassist Jimmy Blanton in Ellington's 1940 band, eventually leading to the emergence of later players like Mingus, Pettiford, and Ray Brown, the walking-four swing beat of the big bands became refined and turbocharged to an unparalleled degree, until the quintessence of swing was realized by the chemistry generated by Oscar and Ray Brown. Swing became more than a style, or even a feeling. It was an irresistible physical force, capable of lifting the listener right out of his seat. Later rhythm sections were to follow--especially those of Gene Harris ("The Three Sounds"), Red Garland, Wynton Kelly, Monty Alexander.

Which brings us to Oscar's surprising (shocking?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the greatest Oscar album
It always baffles me why this particular album of standards by the Oscar Peterson trio should have proven so popular. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ben
5.0 out of 5 stars Night Train
A great CD. Oscar at His usual finest. I recommend this CD to all. I especially loved His 'Hymn to freedom' cut. What a great song. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jesse C.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Edition Of His Crowning Achievement!
What would turn out to be his crowning achievement, Oscar Peterson would
deeply impressed both the critics and the public alike when his trio released this
landmark... Read more
Published 2 months ago by RH
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable playing by this master.
Mr. Peterson was an incredible virtuoso as well as a wonderful jazz musician. The music on this album is very enjoyable, and you don't have to be a jazz fan to find it a pleasure... Read more
Published 2 months ago by The Thinker
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, and great recording
very talented group, recording is well done and has great quality, I'm not a big Jazz guy, but it's a must own
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Patrick Clingan
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you truly sorry he has passed on.
Cozy up with your favorite certain someone and let the world go away. I was dropping some items off at the dry cleaners and left my car door open. Read more
Published 3 months ago by P. G. Pahoski
5.0 out of 5 stars superb Oscar Peterson
A simply wonderful, bluesy Oscar Peterson album. It is now one of my favorites. Melodically inventive and it really swings.
Published 4 months ago by Joseph Pedlosky
5.0 out of 5 stars Always breathtaking
This album frequently finds its way into my rotation and for good reason: to me the musicianship of Peterson backed by Ray Brown on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums is jaw dropping. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mike Tarrani
2.0 out of 5 stars Desert Dry
This albums is insipid and dry. The tunes don't swing, with few exceptions. If you're looking for piano jazz suitable as background music, you could do worse than this but... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Stacey
1.0 out of 5 stars did not work
This CD which I was looking so forware to never worked. It would play Night Train and 2 more tunes and would go no
further, starting again with night train. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Bonnie Sommers
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