Saturday, November 5, 2011

Oscar Peterson - The Jazz Soul of Oscar Peterson & Affinity (1996) [Verve]

Oscar Peterson - The Jazz Soul of Oscar Peterson & Affinity (1996) [Verve]
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Genre ~ Bebop, Mainstream | Label ~ Verve

This 1996 single-CD reissues the complete contents of two former LPs by the Oscar Peterson Trio (consisting of pianist Peterson, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Ed Thigpen) in 1959 and 1962. Although the pianist is virtually always the lead voice, Brown and Thigpen both make strong (if subtle) contributions to the music. Highlights include "Liza," "Con Alma," "Waltz for Debby," Brown's "The Gravy Waltz" and "Yours Is My Heart Alone." An above-average release (and rather generous at 74 minutes) from the much-recorded Oscar Peterson. ~Allmusic

01. Liza (4:32)
02. Con Alma (6:58)
03. Close Your Eyes (5:46)
04. The Maidens of Cadiz (7:43)
05. My Heart Stood Still (5:43)
06. Woody 'n' You (3:49)
07. Waltz for Debby (5:56)
08. Tangerine (4:34)
09. The Gravy Waltz (4:29)
10. This Could Be the Start of Something (4:46)
11. Baubles, Bangles, and Beads (4:16)
12. Six and Four (7:06)
13. I'm a Fool to Want You (3:47)
14. Yours is My Heart Alone (5:42)

Oscar Peterson - piano
Ray Brown - bass
Ed Thigpen - drums

Album: "Affinity"
Recorded in Chicago; September 25-27, 1962
Director of Engineering: Val Valentin
Cover Design: John Murella
Original LP issue: Affinity / Verve V6-8516

Album: "The Jazz Soul of Oscar Peterson"
Recorded between July 21 and August 1, at Universal Recording Studio, Chicago
Original LP issue: The Jazz Soul of Oscar Peterson / Verve MGVS-6116

This reissue:
Supervised by Michael Lang
Researched by Ben Young
Mastered by Gary N. Mayo, at PolyGram Studios
Notes edited by Peter Pullman
Production coordinated by Aric Lach Morrison
Production assistance by David Hertzberg and Jared Patterson
Art designed and directed by Lili Picou
Design coordinated by Nichell Delvaille
Executive Producer: Richard Seidel
Liner notes by Richard Palmer, May 1996

Thanks to the original releaser.