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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.
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.
This is maybe his finest outing (of dozens of fine outings). Every track sparkles with mastery, and the listener is enveloped by truly great musical intelligence. Hearing tunes played this well just makes you feel holy. Night Train is a genuinely evergreen jazz album, perhaps even one of the best. The man swings like Tarzan on jungle crank and takes you on one wild ride after another. Canadians wail too, eh.
I grew up in Toronto in the '60s and '70s, Oscar's adopted hometown, and many was the night my folks would come home from the Town Tavern with big big smiles after yet another session with OP at the keys. Man I wish I could go back there and sit by their side!
Those who say he plays too fast miss the point (Segovia, when asked why he played so fast, smiled and said, "Because I can"). When you are this insanely musical, sometimes you have so many ideas that they just show up at 110 miles an hour. Tatum was even faster, and it's impossible to not call him one of the other handful of jazz piano geniuses.
After the speed arguments etc are done, we are left with astonishingly beautiful music. Peterson's long-long-time bassist Brown never lets him down, and Thigpen is equally tight on the skins. But this album is all about OP, a true master of perhaps the greatest musical instrument of all, in perhaps the most demanding musical idiom of them all.
If Oscar never lived, we would have had to invent him.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great album that I'm very happy I was able to find. Perfect for dinners and entertaining guests. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rich N.
My first Oscar Peterson CD. Very good CD to sit back and relax with.Published 9 months ago by Joseph A. Arens
Great music and great sound quality. This is a must in any good music collection.Published 11 months ago by telling it like it is
Nice sampling from the master, though the variations of "Night Train" get a little old. If you're looking for a varied program, this isn't it.Published 16 months ago by Sax Man
As a casual jazz fan, I heard Oscar Peterson's name tossed around a lot but never dove deeper into it. This was my first of his work and I really liked it. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Royal Fork Bass
Alwasys has been the best and always will be. What enjoyment!!!!!!Published 22 months ago by Patricia D.Foss