Monday, September 5, 2011

Oscar Peterson - Exclusively for My Friends, The Lost Tapes (1996)

Oscar Peterson - Exclusively for My Friends, The Lost Tapes (1996)
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Genre ~ Bop, Piano Jazz | Label ~ Polygram Records

In 1995, this CD came out with a dozen previously unheard titles by pianist Oscar Peterson from his famed "Exclusively for My Friends" private party performances made for MPS in the 1960s. Peterson is heard on four songs with bassist Ray Brown and drummer Ed Thigpen, while on the remaining eight, he heads a trio also including bassist Sam Jones and drummer Bob Durham. The emphasis throughout is on O.P.'s virtuosity and melodic improvisations. Although the release does not add anything surprising to Peterson's legacy, his playing is up to the level of his other sets of the period; highlights include "Gravy Waltz," "Three O'Clock In the Morning," an 11-minute exploration of "Tenderly" and even "Put On a Happy Face."


01. Gravy Waltz
02. Three O'Clock in the Morning
03. Squeaky's Blues
04. Tenderly
05. I Will Wait for You
06. Let's Fall in Love
07. Put On a Happy Face
08. Stella by Starlight
09. Moanin'
10. Never Say Yes
11. It's Impossible
12. My Romance

Thanks to Oceandrop!