- Released: October 18, 2005
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Verve
- 1.Give Me The Simple Life
- 2.Basin Street Blues
- 3.Honeysuckle Rose
- 4.Dancing On The Ceiling
- 5.A Child Is Born
- 6.If I Should Lose You
- 7.A Little Jazz Exercise
- 10.Just A Gigolo
Solo performer: Oscar Peterson (piano).
Reissue producers: Christian Kellersmann, Jorg Eipasch.
Recorded at MPS Studio, Villingen, Germany in November, 1970. Originally released on MPS (15.306). Includes liner notes by Jorg Eipasch.
Personnel: Oscar Peterson (piano); Oscar Peterson.
Liner Note Authors: Gene Lees; Richard Palmer.
Recording information: MPS-Studio, Villingen, Germany.
Oscar Peterson has a gargantuan discography in which he is well represented in all kinds of ensembles. But his solo outings are among his very finest. Though his group efforts show his playing at a consistent level of virtuosity and reveal his ability to adapt to any style or context, Peterson truly shines when free of the constraints of group interplay. His tempos fluctuate, his approach to phrasing is more fluid and free, and he is more likely to draw on his stunning command of styles (including stride, advanced bop, tender lyricism, and swing), mixing and matching at will, often within the same song.
The set list for TRACKS includes old-school romps ("Basin Street Blues"), exquisite balladry ("A Child is Born"), popular songs ("Just a Gigolo"), and dazzling exercises in sheer technical ability ("A Little Jazz Exercise"). TRACKS is a document of a man utterly conversant with the language of his instrument, and is one of the most impressive examples of what Oscar Peterson does best.