Label: MPS Records - 0211344MSW • Format: CD Album, Reissue, Remastered • Country: Germany • Genre: Jazz • Style: Contemporary Jazz, Cool Jazz
In a world of legendary jazz pianists, Canadian Oscar Peterson easily stands among his peers as an equal. With eight Grammys, numerous honorary teaching degrees and a sixty year performance career, O. Among his peers most notably Ray Charleshe is regarded as the technician who was closest to Art Tatum in pure talent.
He participated in duos, quartets and accompanied vocalists like Ella Fitzgerald. But it was his trio work that helped to define the legacy. As with a lot of American jazz players, he migrated to Europe to capitalize on an adoring fan base. It was there where Peterson enjoyed a prolific relationship with MPS 16 albums in 16 years. The label has been reissuing several recordings from their estimable catalog. Mostly recognizable as a benign popular ditty from the Broadway stage show, Mexican Hayridethe song was a standard for singers like Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Jo Stafford.
But in the hands of a jazz genius like Peterson, it is reborn. After a muscular piano intro, the trio settles into a complex, medium-swing groove. Peterson adds the customary intensity with forceful punctuation, cascading flourishes and breathless right hand notation. As always, there is a modicum of understatement that complements the grandiosity.
A Peterson original follows and it is a jaunty blues piece. The piano solo is soulful and hard-driving. There is a nice finishing touch as he gently strums the piano strings at the end of the fade. The unorthodox combination of melodic structure and improvisation is compelling. There is an unorthodox song selection on Walking The Line. Peterson transforms it into a bop trio exercise. His lightning-fast solos display both fluidity and potency.
The dramatic integrity is countered by a rare hushed moment. Song interpretation is at the core of jazz artists. And the remaining three tracks take on sophisticated compositions. Peterson connects with the wistful theme, but adds a frenzied soul Teach Me Tonight - The Oscar Peterson Trio - Walking The Line . His solos are rollicking, extraordinary in their complicated briskness.
A strong finish to a great album! The vinyl re-mastering of Walking The Line is excellent. Most of the earlier studio aesthetics are intact. Stereo separation is excellent, especially with the doublebass and drum. The hi-gloss outer gatefold is topnotch, including the Peter Windbreaker & Gel Set - Split EP cover by Hubertus Mall.
Oscar Peterson — piano; Jiri Mraz — double bass; Ray Price ; drums In a world of legendary jazz pianists, Canadian Oscar Peterson easily stands among his peers as an equal. Related Reviews. Stereotypes Teach Me Tonight - The Oscar Peterson Trio - Walking The Line. Site Search Search for:.
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