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Kind of Peterson Box set


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  • Audio CD (2 Nov 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: T2
  • ASIN: B002JVHFB0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 328,954 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Dec 2009
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I bought this as a Christmas present for my Mum. It is fantastic value for money. 10 albums in a solid boxed set. Ok the CD's inside are only packaged in simple cardboard sleeves and there is no booklet or sleevenotes. However you are getting several classic Peterson albums at a knockdown price. Noteably the classic Shakesperean music festival album and the Stan Getz set, which both feature the trio of Ray Brown and Herb Ellis. Also contained in the set are Petersons early Canadian recordings from the 1940's which if not quite the finished article do contain Oscar playing some stunning Boogie-Woogie.

Noteable tracks from the Stan Getz set are the swinging "I Want to be Happy", which features a stunning solo from Peterson who must have been in a competitive mood for this session. The blues based "Blues for Herky" finishes the set nicely with some Jimmy Yancy style playing from Peterson. There are multiple highlights from the Stratford Festival album. Perhaps best of all is the breathtakingingly fast "52nd Street Theme". However "Love you madly" pushes it close. Its probably the best of the Peterson/Ellis/Brown trio albums.

Obviously as this was a present I have not had the opportunity to listen to all the recordings, except for the 3 sets above, which I played selections from on Christmas day. However I already own these three sets plus several others from the set on separate CD's and have no hesitation in recommending this as a great starter set for any Newcomer to Oscar Peterson, or a very cheap way into aquiring some of his vast output!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian Fraser on 15 April 2013
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I imagine the cd wqas on one disc and ther fact it has to be changed repeatedly is a bind misread the facts about cd I think
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Comprehensive collection of OP's work from 1945-1959 1 Nov 2012
By Mike Tarrani - Published on Amazon.com
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This 10-disc set, Kind of Peterson, is a solid collection of Oscar Peterson's work in various ensembles between 1945 and 1959. Much of this collection is comprised of two editions of his Trio - the first with Ray Brown on Bass and Herb Ellis on guitar, and the second in which Ed Thigpen on drums replaces Ellis (this took place in 1959 and there are a significant number of tracks featuring this line-up.)

Note that the chronology of the discs are not in order. for example, Disc One is from 1956, while Disc Four is 1959 and Disc Ten from the late 1940s. However, each disc is confined to a specific period in Oscar's career, and the tracks on many of the discs are actually entire or partial albums that were issued in the 1950s.

The sound quality is acceptable to anyone who routinely listens to MP3 files, which are less than perfect, but adequate. There has been no extensive remastering and audiophiles will probably not be pleased. However, there are no glaring flaws in the recordings either, and please bear in mind that the technology originally used to record these tracks was crude by today's standards.

Here is a disc-by-disc description of what this box set contains. Where a source album exists I have linked to it so you can read individual reviews and in many cases listen to sound samples.

DISC ONE is a 1956 live album by Oscar Peterson titled Oscar Peterson Trio At The Stratford Shakesperean Festival. He accompanied by Ray Brown and Herb Ellis, recorded at the 1956 Stratford Shakespeare Festival Ontario, Canada.

DISC TWO original 11 tracks from the 1954 album. The reissue, Plays the Harold Arlen Song Book, contains these, plus 13 additional tracks that are not on this disc. Some of the additional tracks from the reissue are on DISC THREE. All of the Harold Arlen songs on both discs are performed by the original trio comprised of Oscar on piano, Ray Brown on bass and Herb Ellis on guitar.

DISC THREE combines some of the Harold Arlen songs cited above with the complete 1957 album titled Soft Sands. Oscar Peterson is on both piano and vocals, with Ray Brown on bass, Herb Ellis on guitar and bebop pioneer Stan Levey on drums.

DISC FOUR combines selected tracks from two 1959 albums: Oscar Peterson Plays The Cole Porter Song Book and Plays Jerome Kern. This edition of the trio is the one I consider to be the strongest, with Ray Brown on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums backing Oscar. Thigpen was a composer in his own right, as well as an accomplished pianist.

DISC FIVE combines selected tracks from the following two albums. The 1959 album titled Oscar Peterson Plays The Duke Ellington Song Book (eight of the ten on the original album - the reissue contains a total of twenty-four tracks, including bonus tracks). This album features Oscar on piano, Ray Brown on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums. The second album is the now out-of-print album titled Oscar Peterson Plays Count Basie that was recorded and released in 1955. The two tracks that are on the original album, but missing from this disc are Easy Does It and Broadway. Personnel on this session were Oscar on piano, Ray Brown on bass, Herb Ellis on guitar and Buddy Rich on drums.

DISC SIX is the jewel of the set: Stan Getz and the Oscar Peterson Trio (Bonus Track Version). This 1957 album is one of the most popular Oscar Peterson recordings and one every fan should own. Frankly, I am both delighted and surprised that it was included with all of the eleven original tracks. The reissue has an additional bonus track that is not included on this disc. Stan Getz is on tenor saxophone, with the early trio (Oscar on piano, Ray Brown on bass and Herb Ellis on guitar).

DISC SEVEN is another 1957 album titled Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson. This disc contains the original twelve tracks from that recording session. The reissue contains an additional four tracks that are not included on this disc. Louis Armstrong is backed by Oscar on piano, Ray Brown on bass, Herb Ellis on guitar and Louis Bellson on drums.

DISC EIGHT is labled Live in Chicago, but is actually from a 1958 album titled At The Concertgebouw that was recorded in Amsterdam, Holland on April 12, 1958. This album was released as Verve MGV 8268 in September 1958 and features Oscar on piano, Ray Brown on bass and Herb Ellis on guitar.

DISC NINE contains a collection of recordings made in Montreal in 1945-46, and in Los Angeles between 1952 and 1954. I was unable to nain down exact sources or personnel on many of the tracks.

DISC TEN are tracks recorded in Montreal in between 1946-49. All of these tracks can also be found on a compilation titled I Got Rhythm.

As you can see from the albums from which this set was derived this is a bargain compared to purchasing the albums individually. And while many of the discs do not contain the bonus tracks that are included with the reissues, this set offsets that - in my opinion - by providing either out-of-print albums or compilations of Oscar's work that are not available elsewhere that I know of.

I am including a complete track listing for each disc in the comments to this review below. If you have questions leave them as a comment and I will do my best to answer them.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic value for money 3 Jan 2010
By S J Buck - Published on Amazon.com
Well it may be discontinued on the .com site but I bought as a 2009 Christmas present for my Mum on the .co.uk site. It is fantastic value for money. 10 albums in a solid boxed set. Ok the CD's inside are only packaged in simple cardboard sleeves and there is no booklet or sleevenotes. However you are getting several classic Peterson albums at a knockdown price. Noteably the classic Shakesperean music festival album and the Stan Getz set, which both feature the trio of Ray Brown and Herb Ellis. Also contained in the set are Petersons early Canadian recordings from the 1940's which if not quite the finished article do contain Oscar playing some stunning Boogie-Woogie.

Obviously as this was a present I have not had the opportunity to listen to all the recordings, except for the 3 sets above, which I played selections from on Christmas day. Still I have no hesitation in recommending this as a great starter set for any Newcomer to Oscar Peterson, or a very cheap way into aquiring some of his vast output!
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