Oscar Peterson Live at the Blue Note [Box Set] (4-CD)
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- Number of Discs: 4
- Released: September 28, 2004
- Label: Telarc
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 2.Honeysuckle Rose
- 3.Let There Be Love
- 4.Peace for South Africa
- 6.Medley: I Remember You / A Child Is Born / Tenderly
- 7.Sweet Georgia Brown
- 8.Blues for Big Scotia
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Kelly's Blues
- 3.Medley: Love Ballade / If You Only Knew
- 4.You Look Good to Me
- 5.Old Folks
- 6.Reunion Blues
- 7.Song to Elitha
Tracks on Disc 3:
- 2.Yours Is My Heart Alone
- 3.Medley: It Never Entered My Mind / Body and Soul
- 5.Medley: Our Waltz / Adagio / Bach's Blues
- 6.March Past
- 7.Blues Etude
Tracks on Disc 4:
- 1.Falling in Love With Love
- 2.Here's That Rainy Day
- 3.Medley: Goodbye Old Girl / He Has Gone
- 4.The Gentle Waltz
- 5.Billie's Bounce
- 6.The More I See You
- 7.I Wished on the Moon
- 8.Cool Walk
Originally released as separate, single CDs in 1991 and 1992.
Personnel: Oscar Peterson (piano); Oscar Peterson; Ray Brown (double bass); Herb Ellis (guitar); Bobby Durham (drums).
Audio Mixer: Amit Peleg.
Liner Note Author: Alyn Shipton.
Recording information: Blue Note, New York, NY (03/16/1990-03/18/1990).
Photographer: Frank Micelotta.
This four-disc box set features the historic reunion of the Oscar Peterson Trio (Peterson, bassist Ray Brown, and guitarist Herb Ellis), who were playing together for all practical purposes for the first time in over 30 years at the Blue Note in March 16-18, 1990. Drummer Bobby Durham -- who had played with Peterson's band from 1967-1970 -- augments the lineup, making this nothing less than a stellar quartet. For the first time, the four albums taped on these nights have been issued together and they include The Legendary Oscar Peterson Trio Live at the Blue Note, Saturday Night at the Blue Note, Last Call at the Blue Note, and Encore at the Blue Note. The box has been specially priced and sells for the price of a two-disc set. Musically speaking, this is Peterson at his peak, and his sidemen, all into their sixties at the time of these dates, just plain shine. These dates were recorded before Peterson's hip replacement surgery or his stroke, unlike the 1993 recordings at the same venue. What shows here is not only experience but swagger, strut, grit, and the finesse only master jazzmen can muster. Whether it's the burning "Honeysuckle Rose," with killer counterpoint between Peterson and Ellis, the understated ostinato in the medley of "Love Ballad/If You Only Knew" that shifts into a shimmering exercise in harmonic extension and rhythmic invention, or in the fresh, insightful, and eye-opening readings of standards such as "Billie's Bounce" or "I Wished on the Moon," the effect is the same: electrifying. In fact, these dates count among Peterson's finest live offerings, and sparkle with inspiration, humor, and stunning soulful vibe. In addition to the music, the sound of the venue and its atmosphere is captured here to stunning, warm effect, making these concerts feel immediate and accessible. Highly recommended. ~ Thom Jurek
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