Q - 8/93, p.1144 Stars
- Excellent - "...his classic trio scream through the material like their pants were on fire...such is the momentum generated that a drummer is rendered superfluous..."
Personnel: Oscar Peterson (piano); Herb Ellis (guitar); Ray Brown (bass).
Recorded in Stratford, Ontario, Canada on August 8, 1956. Includes original release liner notes by Oscar Peterson and new liner notes by James Isaacs.
Personnel: Oscar Peterson (piano, drums); Herb Ellis (guitar).
Liner Note Author: James Isaacs.
Recording information: Stratford Shakespearean Festival, Ontario, Canada (08/08/1956).
This CD contains what is considered by most listeners to be the finest recording of the Oscar Peterson-Herb Ellis-Ray Brown trio, a group that lasted from 1953-1958. Although the soloing was always quite passionate and spontaneous, the very complex arrangements are really what made this unit sound unique. The live CD adds two selections ("Nuages" and the 13-minute "Daisy's Dream") to the original program, and contains particularly memorable renditions of "Falling in Love With Love," "How About You," "Swinging on a Star," "How High the Moon," and "52nd Street Theme." Essential music from a classic band. ~ Scott Yanow