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Plays the Duke Ellington Song Book Original recording remastered


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Producer Norman Granz invited Oscar Peterson and his Trio to record a set of Ellington songs in 1952. Seven years later, they did it again-this time in stereo and with different interpretations and personnel. This CD includes both complete albums-24 tracks including Sophisticated Lady; Cotton Tail; Prelude to a Kiss; Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me , and more!

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This CD combines two LPs devoted to the same Duke Ellington material recorded by different versions of the Oscar Peterson trio. The first is of particular interest. Dating from 1952, it was a special event, exploiting the then-new LP format to include a dozen of Ellington's most familiar tunes and featuring a superb band. The young Peterson could generate the swing of a big band, while the similarly virtuosic bassist Ray Brown and guitarist Barney Kessel complement him brilliantly. Together they combine boppish approaches and inspired interplay (and a kinetic energy that you would never expect from a trio without drums) to staples like "In a Mellow Tone," "Take the 'A' Train," and "Rockin' in Rhythm." The second half of the CD is a 1959 stereo remake of the original 1952 session, but with drummer Ed Thigpen taking Kessel's place. Despite the similarity in the material, it's an utterly different session, typical of the masterful manner that Peterson gradually developed. It's well-made music, played with consummate polish and ease and clear regard for the material, though without the inventive edges of the earlier group. --Stuart Broomer

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listen  1. John Hardy's Wife [feat. Barney Kessel]The Oscar Peterson Trio 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Sophisticated Lady [feat. Barney Kessel]The Oscar Peterson Trio 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Things Ain't What They Used To Be [feat. Barney Kessel]The Oscar Peterson Trio 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Just A-Sittin' And A-Rockin' [feat. Barney Kessel]The Oscar Peterson Trio 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. In A Mellow Tone [feat. Barney Kessel]The Oscar Peterson Trio 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) [feat. Barney Kessel]The Oscar Peterson Trio 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Prelude To A Kiss [feat. Barney Kessel]The Oscar Peterson Trio 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Cotton Tail [feat. Barney Kessel]The Oscar Peterson Trio 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Don't Get Around Much Anymore [feat. Barney Kessel]The Oscar Peterson Trio 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Take The "A" Train [feat. Barney Kessel]The Oscar Peterson Trio 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Rockin' In Rhythm [feat. Barney Kessel]The Oscar Peterson Trio 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me [feat. Barney Kessel]Oscar Peterson 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Don't Get Around Much Anymore [feat. Ray Brown]Oscar Peterson 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Sophisticated Lady [feat. Ray Brown]Oscar Peterson 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Rockin' In Rhythm [feat. Ray Brown]Oscar Peterson 2:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Prelude To A Kiss [feat. Ray Brown]Oscar Peterson 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. In A Mellow Tone [feat. Ray Brown]Oscar Peterson 3:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Cotton Tail [feat. Ray Brown]Oscar Peterson 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Just A-Sittin' And A-Rockin' [feat. Ray Brown]Oscar Peterson 2:58$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen20. Things Ain't What They Used To Be [feat. Ray Brown]Oscar Peterson 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Take The "A" Train [feat. Ray Brown]Oscar Peterson 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)Oscar Peterson 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me [feat. Ray Brown]Oscar Peterson 2:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. John Hardy's Wife [feat. Ray Brown]Oscar Peterson 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 23, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B00000HYIB
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,389 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By T. Butler on February 20, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This album was recorded at Radio Recorders in December 1952. Radio Recorders was among the best studios in the country at that time. Fred Astaire recorded a two disc album with Oscar Peterson that same month and it is crystal clean. Also Ben Webster recorded there with the Ravens in December 1952 as did Anita O'Day - all with good clean results. Clearly the Peterson tapes are missing and noisy discs were all that was available for the making of the Peterson cd.

Normaly I don't like noise reduction but... the 4 CD set Piano Power (available at Amazon) includes all the cuts on this Duke CD and are much, much quieter. Good use of noise reduction.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tom B on March 24, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Thank heavens for all concerned who got this record made. Oscar Peterson is at his absolute, towering best on these tracks, playing with such energy and expression you sit back and open your eyes, your jaw drops, and then you smile. Then you start tapping your foot and rocking your head, or taking a slow breath on the softer songs. Music on this level is rare indeed. I have nearly all of OP's records, and I'll say that these cuts reside at the top of his works. Oh so wonderful to hear, especially the first twelve tracks.

Unfortunately, those first twelve tracks are quite noisy. The original tapes were lost, and these cuts were transcribed from vinyl. As they are, there's nothing wrong with listening to some scratchy records. I've done it a thousand times over the years, and the music is still there. But since this is the digital era, there are options. I record all my music on my hard disk, and if you do too it means you can edit the tracks.

Don't be afraid; it's easy. All you need is a sound editing program. I use Adobe Audition, which is expensive, but you can use Audacity, which a terrific program for the right price: free. First rip the CD onto the hard disc, then open the song files in the sound editor. These programs have noise reduction functions that are extremely sophisticated and powerful built into them, as good as most professional studios. Play with the settings until you get the noise down to where you find it acceptable or inoffensive, but not so much that you blunt the music. The programs really work; you'll have MUCH less noise, and the recordings will sound terrific. Then save the file, and you're set. Play like any other record. A tip: rip the CD as WAV files to do the editing.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael C. Webb on April 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The transfer to digital format from the analog source includes all of the tape hiss on this disc. The content is great, but the background noise is too much on my system. I'd look for another title from OP and pass on this one.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 9, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is very nice to see available as it combines two recordings Oscar Peterson made in the fifties as a tribute to the great songs of Duke Ellington. I would not recommend this to a casual jazz fan as a first Oscar Peterson recording to pick up but rather for the big fans of Oscar's work. It is hard to compare the two recordings for a few reasons one is the first songbook recording is mastered from the 12" LP release and surface noise is audible. Second Oscar held back a little from his usual playing in an effort to make the recordings more accessible to the general public. Third is the development of recording techniques in that decade were huge and the dynamics of the two recordings make it obvious. The packaging is very nice however and makes it all the better.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ryan on January 12, 2005
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This is a killer album. Peterson's trio is always unbelievably tight and polished, and playing the music of Duke Ellington... fugettaboutit!

However, Amazon's tracklisting does not include tracks 13-24. A different trio, it features Ray Brown on Bass(same as on tracks 1-12), but instead of the great Barney Kessel on Guitar, it has Ed "Pigpen" Thigpen on drums (Actually, that's not his nickname, I just like to call him that!) Although some of the tracks have a bit of high-end hiss, this is overall an amazing group. Highly recommended!
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