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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
While it’s impossible to capture even the broadest sampling of Oscar Peterson’s amazingly prolific six-decades-plus career, this single-disc collection does offer a fine overview. Whether centering on Peterson’s astonishing piano work as leader of a small group, in a solo context, or working with some of the jazz giants that he so often accompanied -- including Lester Young, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Roy Eldridge -- the breathtaking virtuosity and imagination of this world-class player is always evident. It’s difficult to pinpoint highlights on such collection of riches, but the tracks featuring Peterson with his legendary trio mates bassist Ray Brown and ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
While it’s impossible to capture even the broadest sampling of Oscar Peterson’s amazingly prolific six-decades-plus career, this single-disc collection does offer a fine overview. Whether centering on Peterson’s astonishing piano work as leader of a small group, in a solo context, or working with some of the jazz giants that he so often accompanied -- including Lester Young, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Roy Eldridge -- the breathtaking virtuosity and imagination of this world-class player is always evident. It’s difficult to pinpoint highlights on such collection of riches, but the tracks featuring Peterson with his legendary trio mates bassist Ray Brown and guitarist Herb Ellis (“How About You,?” “ When Lights Are Low”) and his collaboration with Lester Young (“Pennies from Heaven”) exhibit an exceptional beauty. Not that anything is lacking from selections like “I Only Have Eyes for You” with Billie Holiday or “I’ll Never Be the Same” with Coleman Hawkins, or, for that matter, any other of these superior selections. Peterson is a phenomenon, and even a chip of his many recordings provides sufficient proof.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This 18-track selection of Oscar Peterson's work was assembled to coincide with the great pianist's autobiography. Centering on his most creative period, from 1950-1970, this compilation focuses intently on the years Peterson spent playing with Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz, Billie Holiday, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Roy Eldridge, Sweets Edison, and Max Roach, as well as establishing himself as a bandleader and soloist. Tracks such as "My Romance," "Get Happy," "Blue Moon," and "Pennies from Heaven''" are standards in Peterson's repertoire and showcase his sprightly, often dizzying right-hand machinations and his complex, often frighteningly difficult conception of harmonic architecture. In his fine swinging style, his read of "I Only Have Eyes for You," with Fitzgerald, is one of the true hallmarks of piano and vocal jazz. This is a fine place to start for anyone interested in discovering Peterson's contribution to the historical jazz canon.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/16/2002
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 731458978022
  • Catalog Number: 589780

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Oscar Peterson Primary Artist, Piano
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Roy Eldridge Trumpet
Herb Ellis Guitar
Ella Fitzgerald Vocals
Stan Getz Tenor Saxophone
Dizzy Gillespie Trumpet
Louis Hayes Drums
Jo Jones Drums
Sam Jones Bass
Barney Kessel Guitar
Flip Phillips Tenor Saxophone
Buddy Rich Drums
Max Roach Drums
Sonny Stitt Alto Saxophone
Charlie Shavers Trumpet
Lester Young Tenor Saxophone
Major Holley Bass
Ed Thigpen Drums
Coleman Hawkins Tenor Saxophone
Billie Holiday Vocals
Ray Brown Bass
Clark Terry Trumpet, Vocals
Gus Johnson Drums
Alvin Stoller Drums
Bobby Durham Drums
Technical Credits
Norman Granz Producer
Jim Davis Producer
Richard Palmer Liner Notes
Bob Shad Producer
James Van Heusen Composer
Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer Producer
Richard S. Sherman Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good sampling of Peterson's work

    Lots of musicians on the second half of the recording (Billie Holiday, Diz, Sweets, Coleman Hawkins,etc). Oscar mostly accompanies on those songs. L'Impossible and Dancing on the Ceiling are worth the price of the cd. All but one song recorded before 1970. Too bad, some of Peterson's strongest work was done after. Would have been nice to include a couple Pablo cuts.

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