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The Will To Swing

Oscar PetersonAudio CD
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listen  1. Fine And DandyOscar Peterson 4:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. TenderlyOscar Peterson 5:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Fascinating RhythmThe Oscar Peterson Trio 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Swingin Till The Girls Come HomeOscar Peterson 5:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. 9:20 Special (Live (1956/Hollywood Bowl))Oscar Peterson 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Gypsy In My SoulOscar Peterson 6:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. When Lights Are LowOscar Peterson 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Con AlmaOscar Peterson 6:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Ill WindOscar Peterson 5:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Whisper NotThe Oscar Peterson Trio 5:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. In The Wee Small Hours Of The MorningThe Oscar Peterson Trio 8:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Something's ComingThe Oscar Peterson Trio 3:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. DaahoudOscar Peterson 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 

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listen  1. Waltz For DebbieOscar Peterson 5:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. C Jam BluesThe Oscar Peterson Trio 3:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. NightingaleOscar Peterson 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Place St. HenriThe Oscar Peterson Trio 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. WheatlandOscar Peterson 5:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. I've Got A Crush On YouOscar Peterson 5:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Lulu's Back In TownOscar Peterson 2:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Little Girl BlueOscar Peterson 6:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Nica's DreamOscar Peterson 7:51Album Only
listen10. Naptown BluesHerb Ellis 5:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. WaveOscar Peterson 6:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. A Child Is BornOscar Peterson 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. A Little Jazz ExerciseOscar Peterson 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Once Upon A SummertimeThe Oscar Peterson Trio 5:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Younger Than SpringtimeOscar Peterson 5:21$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 15, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Verve Records
  • ASIN: B0000047BJ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,568 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the all-time great jazz piano albums September 3, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Oscar Peterson's "The Will to Swing" is a must-have for every jazz lover's CD collection, yet surprisingly few people seem to know about it (witness the lack of reviews here on!). I bought this a million years ago after having heard Peterson playing on the radio. A chronological compilation of Peterson performances from 1949 through 1971, this album showcases one of the all-time great jazz pianists. Peterson is quick, he's talented, he's definitely a master--but he's so relaxed and so affable that none of the performances come across as contrived or forced.
There are lots of songs here you'll recognize--"Fascinating Rhythm," "Tenderly," "I've Got a Crush On You" and more--but the gems tend to be those that aren't so familiar. Peterson weaves utter magic with the sparkling "9:20 Special" and effortlessly switches gears a few songs later with a hushed, yet assured performance of the minor-key "Whisper Not." No mood seems to escape his piercing intelligence, and he is clearly equally at home with both up-tempo and slower tunes.
Listen closely to Peterson's jittery, astonishingly quick rendition of Leonard Bernstein's great "West Side Story" tune "Something's Coming." Peterson captures all the teenage impatience and eagerness implicit in the music, then slows it down to look at the reflective side of the song. When he speeds things back up again, he beautifully conveys the can't-make-up-my-mind nature of Tony, the teenage boy character for whom the song was written.
Two Peterson compositions are particularly fine here. "Place St. Henri" and "Wheatland"--both written with a loving eye cast back to Peterson's native Canada--are spectacularly wonderful tunes. It's hard not to get up and dance to "Place St. Henri," on which Peterson swings with the greatest of ease.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb starter set November 26, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is great overview of Oscar Petersons career before his stroke, that sadly seems to be gone out of production now.

A mixture of 50's 60's and 70's recordings. Highlights include the appropriately titled "swingin' 'til the girls come home" with Herb Ellis on Guitar and Ray Brown on Bass. "C Jam Blues" the opening track from the famous Night Train album with Ed Thigpen on drums and Ray Brown on Bass and "A Child is born" and the ironically titled "A Little Jazz exercise" from the brilliant solo Piano album "Tracks". Also on the album is Petersons version of "Ill Wind", which was his tribute to his idle Art Tatum.

The set is a double CD with some interesting sleeve notes. I've been listening to it for 15 years now and I'm still not bored with it, and I've most of the original albums as well.
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