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Oscar Peterson Plays The Duke Ellington Song Book

Oscar Peterson Plays The Duke Ellington Song Book

March 23, 1999
3.9 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 23, 1999
  • Release Date: March 23, 1999
  • Label: Verve Records
  • Copyright: (C) 1999 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 1:13:31
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  • ASIN: B000VZIQV4
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,082 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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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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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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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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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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The first twelve numbers recorded in 1952 will offend those anti-mono listeners who can not support the noise very audible.But don't forget that the liner notes have told you so.The second set recorded in 1959,is worth the price alone of this cd.What i mean is that when you have OSCAR PETERSON at his peak playing the music of DUKE ELLINGTON,it's simply for any jazz fans,the quickest way to get to heaven.OSCAR knows his craft;he can get around those tunes anytime and always find new settings for you to rediscover them.In fact he did,because he recorded ELLINGTON tunes again after that.On these recordings,he has mostly stayed with the tunes and did not go for the adventurous ways.Let's not forget that NORMAN GRANZ,the original producer of this series of songbooks devoted to the composers wanted these to appeal to the mainstream crowd.Mission accomplie.
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