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Oscar Peterson Plays 'Porgy and Bess' Import, Original recording remastered

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 26, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B0009V1FUE
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,287,597 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Stuart Morris on October 28, 2002
Format: Audio CD
If you liked Oscar Peterson's West Side Story CD you'll love this. He has Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen with him and his interpretation of George Gershwin is magical. In typical Oscar fashion there is the melody which smoothly translates into improvisation and just as smoothly returns to the melody at the end. Oscar's unmistakable "piano runs" are as brilliant as ever. This is Class A music from the post bop period of the late 1950's. If you love Peterson and Gershwin, this CD is a must have.
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This album is the product of two geniuses: George Gershwin for writing the entire musical score, and Oscar Peterson to interpret and play this masterpiece with both virtuosity and a sensitivity that each track demands.

Before reading further give the sound samples on this page a listen because the few seconds allotted to each track will convey some hint of how this album sounds. I will say that Peterson's will genius cannot be discerned on each track because he elaborates on the melodies more than usual - and his own unique stamp on any song on any album or performance cannot adequately be conveyed in a sound snippet.

This is not entirely all about Peterson though. Ray Brown on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums deserve a lot of credit too. Brown understands the importance of melody, which is rare for many bassists. He uses that understanding to augment what Peterson is doing and the results are what make this album so enjoyable. Thigpen is one of my personal heros and his tasteful playing is another reason why I love this album. Indeed, Thigpen's nickname is Mr. Taste and he truly lives up to it here.

These tracks were recorded in Los Angeles on October 12, 1959. This was after a marathon session in Chicago spanning July through August that produced over ten albums, so the trio's chops were well honed.

Before purchasing this album you may want to first check out The Jazz Soul of Oscar Peterson (Bonus Track Version). That one contains all ten of these tracks, plus an entire album from the Chicago session I mentioned - and for less than this one (at the time of this review).
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