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A Rare Find In His Canon,
This review is from: Personal Touch (Audio CD)
This is a somewhat unusual Oscar Peterson record in a number of ways. Peterson (along with flugelhornist Clark Terry, bassist Dave Young, drummer Jerry Fuller and either Peter Leitch or Ed Bickert on guitar) performs 13 songs either written or popularized by Canadians. In addition he sings the majority of the tunes in his Nat King Cole-influenced voice and contributes two new songs of his own.
The repertoire includes some familiar standards ("Some of These Days," "I'll Never Smile Again," "The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise" and "Sweethearts on Parade"), jazz versions of a few pop tunes (including "Spinning Wheel") and a few obscurities.
This somewhat obscure recording in the Oscar Peterson canon is one of those few joys that come along all to infrequently.
Here he backed with some of jazz great musicians, and many stars in their own right. No matter, here on this Lp you hear Oscar Peterson sing, thats right he is a vocalist as well and a good one at that. If by chance you have not heard him sing, get this a pure joy. He is in rare form here. Perhaps not the greatest vocalist you will hear, but each not is truly heartfelt. Don't miss this rare opportunity.
Although Oscar Peterson has just passed on 12/24/2007 this remains as shining example of his complete artistry