Personnel: Oscar Peterson (vocals, piano); Manny Albam (conductor); Phil Woods, Jerry Dodgion (alto saxophone); Marvin Halladay (baritone saxophone); Ernie Royal, Danny Stiles (trumpet, flugelhorn); Joe Newman, John Frosk (trumpet); Seldon Powell (alto & tenor flutes); Jerome Richardson (tenor & baritone flute); Wayne Andre, Jimmy Cleveland, J.J. Johnson (trombone); Tony Studd (bass trombone); Hank Jones (piano); Barry Galbraith, Herb Ellis (guitar); Ray Brown, Richard Davis (bass); Mel Lewis (drums, bongos).
Recorded on October 28 and November 13, 1965. Includes liner notes by Leonard Feather.
This is part of the Verve By Request series.
Personnel: Oscar Peterson (vocals, piano); Herb Ellis, Barry Galbraith (guitar); Seldon Powell (alto flute); Jerome Richardson (bass flute); Phil Woods (alto saxophone); Ernie Royal, Danny Stiles (trumpet, flugelhorn); Joe Newman , John Frosk (trumpet); J.J. Johnson , Jimmy Cleveland, Wayne Andre (trombone); Tony Studd (bass trombone); Hank Jones (piano); Mel Lewis (drums, bongos).
Liner Note Author: Leonard Feather.
Recording information: A & R Recording, New York, NY (10/28/1965-11/13/1965); Hollywood, CA (10/28/1965-11/13/1965).
Editor: Deborah Hay.
Photographer: Fred Seligo.
Arranger: Manny Albam.
This album is quite unusual. Recorded shortly after Nat King Cole's death, pianist Oscar Peterson takes vocals on all but one of the dozen selections, sounding almost exactly like Cole. Peterson, who rarely ever sang, is very effective on the well-rounded program, whether being backed by a big band (arranged by Manny Albam) on half of the selections or re-creating both the spirit of the Nat King Cole Trio and his own group of the late '50s during a reunion with guitarist Herb Ellis and bassist Ray Brown. ~ Scott Yanow