Personnel: Oscar Peterson (piano); Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen (bass); Jake Hanna (drums).
Recorded live in Tallinn, Russia on November 17, 1974. Includes liner notes by Benny Green.
Digitally remastered by Joe Tarantino (1996, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Personnel: Oscar Peterson (piano).
Recording information: 11/17/1974.
Although the music of this two-LP set was recording at a concert in the Soviet Union, it is a fairly typical recital by pianist Oscar Peterson with no obvious reference to the exotic location. Peterson takes five selections unaccompanied, performs four others as duets with bassist Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, and adds drummer Jake Hanna to the nine remaining numbers. Other than three originals, all of the music is comprised of veteran standards and, although no real surprises occur, the results are what one would expect from the great Oscar Peterson, who alternates hard swingers with sensitive ballad renditions. ~ Scott Yanow