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1961 Cologne Gurzenich Concert Hall [Import]
Blu-ray 
Price: $33.99

Oscar Peterson's vast discography has hardly remained static since his death in 2007. This previously unissued concert broadcast on German radio dates from an appearance with his trio in Cologne in 1961. By this time, his band with bassist Ray Brown and drummer Ed Thigpen had been a working unit for two years (though the bassist's association obviously went much further back to their 1949 Carnegie Hall duets). While Peterson had technique to burn, he doesn't try to drown out his band mates, giving ample space to both men. The trio transforms the often placid "My Heart Stood Still" into a mid tempo cooker, with Peterson's flashiness and Brown's solid groove apparent in their respective solos. Peterson trades fours with Thigpen to introduce a rapid-fire treatment of Ray Bryant's "Cubano Chant," vocalizing as he digs into his solo. The influence of Art Tatum is obvious in some of his runs worked into the introduction to "My Funny Valentine," though it's clear that he is very much his own man in this spacious, tense arrangement of this favorite standard, with Brown's bluesy solo providing a bridge between the pianist's solos. This set is well recorded and remastered for it's initial commercial release, and one hopes that more treasures await discovery in the WDR archives.

Title: 1961 Cologne Gurzenich Concert Hall [Import]
Genre: Jazz, Music Video (Concert/Performance)
Starring: Oscar Peterson
Studio: WDR
Attributes: Spain - Import
Release Date: 1/6/2015
Product Type: Blu-ray
UPC: 4049774800122
Item #: 1460114X

Street Date: 1/6/2015

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