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  Oscar Peterson: Action
  "Exclusively for My Friends Vol. 1: Action"

Oscar Peterson
Track listing:
  1. At Long Last Love
2. Easy Walker
3. Tin Tin Deo
4. I've Got A Crush On You
5. A Foggy Day
6. Like Someone In Love
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Review by Barb January 20, 2008 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
O. Peterson p, R. Brown b, E. Thigpen ds, MPS 1968.
In this private live concert session the trio plays six standards. Although there`s Ray Brown on the bass, a very dominant player either, the trio plays in the old tradition, with a very dominant piano and drums and bass just accompanying. There`s no doubt, Peterson is one of the best pianists ever, but I prefer the new trio-style with equal rights for the instruments. I find it more thrilling when different instruments are soloing and the interplay is of more intense. Here the focus lies on Peterson only, with a few exceptions when Brown couldn`t restrain. There`s no soloing by Thigpen.
The sound is okay. The piano is dominating and recorded well, the bass is a bit compressed and the drums are in the background.

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Review by JW May 15, 2005 (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
Where do you start with this? I bought the entire OP MPS series. It's a no-brainer for OP fans and it just does not seem make sense to buy just one of them. Folks, as far as piano jazz is concered, it does not get any better than this set.

In 1963 Oscar Peterson came to Villingen in Germany in order to perform a private gig at the home of Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer, founder of Polygam Records, producer and Jazz fan. And some home that was, with a nine-foot Bösendorfer grand and some of the most modern recording equipment. It was not until 1968 when the first four albums from these sessions were released on the MPS label. People say that these albums were among the best OP had ever made.

'A Foggy Day' - a Gershwin tune - is only one of the examples of OP's 'loose' style. This first album is a fairly relaxed set. Not that OP's does not play those 100 swinging notes a minute runs, but the feel here is one of a small intimate sesion for a bunch of pals, which in effect is what these series are all about.

Soundwise these are amongst the top SA-CD's and for piano fans a must. Not as clear as say The Bridge (see elsewhere here), but more modern sounding than the older jazz series from APO (Evans).

Get them before they are OOP and the entire SA-CD thing is over :-)


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