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West Side Story [Original recording remastered, Soundtrack]

West Side Story (Related Recordings), Oscar Peterson, Oscar Peterson & Stephane Grappelli Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 May 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Soundtrack
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B0000069N9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,027 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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What more can be said about West Side Story? With music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim it would be a contender for most people's vote for best musical of all time. To own a copy of the sublime music you should first have the original film soundtrack but after that it is worth exploring the alternatives. One such is the album by the Oscar Peterson Trio (Peterson on piano, Ed Thigpen on drums and the ever-present Ray Brown on bass) which interprets seven of the songs in a jazz setting. You do not get "America" or "Cool" but you do get a stunning "Jet Song", where the Trio interplay as only a top notch trio can. Also included are the classics "Somewhere", "Tonight", "I Feel Pretty" and "Maria". What is lost by the absence of vocals is more than made up for by Peterson's trademark subdued swing. --Phil Brett

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bernstein in a groovy mood! 6 Jun 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a superb recording! The arrangements of the songs from West Side Story are done to perfection here, with a groovy and swinging feel to it. Oscar Peterson's fingering is thrilling to say the least, and his band members are definitely top notched accomplished jazz artists. To be able to play "Somewhere" in a jazzy manner and yet retaining its poignancy is itself an amazing feat. Try listening to the opening of "Maria", where a tinge of Latin flavour sets the scene of the story. Let this recording conjure up a whole new perspective on Bernstein's masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Master at his best 31 Aug 2009
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Utterly spellbinding and magical.Oscar Peterson demonstrates superbly his artistry;he adds another dimension to Bernstein's original score.We all know the original music so well but when you listen to this recording and in particular to songs like The Jet Song,Maria or America he gives a refreshing interpretation with interesting rhythms and styles.A definite masterpiece.Your jazz collection would not be complete without this CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top performance again by OP 13 July 2010
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Oscar's standard, as usual, is spellbinding. Their challenge this time was to capture the atmosphere of a musical in trio format, which they overcame so effectively and professionally. Transfer to CD was top quality, but who nudged the tape at 3min 54sec into "Maria"? Didn't spoil it for me - just sounded a touch surreal.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stimulating reworking of a great soundtrack 27 Dec 2000
By Tyler Smith - Published on
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The Oscar Peterson discography is so immense that it's difficult to sort through the entries. If you're looking for a first purchase, "West Side Story" is a good pick, particularly if you are a fan of the original broadway or film soundtrack.
Piano playing seemed to come so easily for Peterson that at times on records I've had the feeling he's going through the paces. When he is at his best, though, he swings clean and hard and demonstrates he knows a tune inside and out. That is the case throughout this release. And he's not afraid to turn some of the tunes in different directions. For example, he steps up the tempo on "Tonight," a potentially risky move on an extremely romantic song, but the move works as Peterson, backed up by Ray Brown's steady bass and Ed Thigpen's tasteful drums, never falters.
On the other hand, the pianist does not shy away from the lyricism of "Somewhere," accenting the theme with ornate chording that mines the yearning and sadness that is at the heart of "West Side Story." And he finds a relaxed, loping gait on "Jet Song," a pace that for me captures the cheerful arrogance of the play's street gang.
Interpretations of "West Side Story" have been attempted before, most notably Dave Liebman's more experimental effort a few years back. For me, Peterson's approach is the more successful of the two in that I think he came closer to finding the pulse of the original work. This is a good addition to the mainstream section of your jazz piano collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant reworking of classic broadway/film songs 13 Mar 2000
By hyperbolium - Published on
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This disc is just about everything I'd hoped it would be. Recorded in 1962, it features a trio comprised of Oscar Peterson (Piano), Ray Brown (Bass) and Ed Thigpen (Drums). I'm least familiar with Thigpen (didn't he save 50 games for the ChiSox once?), and most familiar with Brown. I like the playing of all three very much.
Peterson is very obviously the leader here, and his piano is featured very prominently. Brown and Thigpen offer nice backing sounds (I especially like the sound of Thigpen's cymbals), while Peterson plays very energetically over the top.
The disc features seven tracks: "Something's Coming" "Somewhere" "Jet Song" "Tonight" "Maria" "I Feel Pretty" and "Reprise", clocking in at a rather short 35 minutes.
As the liner notes discuss, the problem Peterson faced with this LP was to take music composed as a score and make it work in a jazz setting. It had to be opened up for improvisation without losing "the essence of the music." I think he's accomplished both. There is room in the arrangements for the trio to work out, but at the same time the original feeling of the music (as presented in its Broadway and film soundtracks) is preserved.
A brilliant example of how a great song can be recontextualized and remain a great song.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply of the all time best CDs 12 Jun 2005
By hershy - Published on
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I already love the soundtrack to West Side Story, and the thought of redoing it never even crossed my mind. Then I saw Oscar Peterson in concert in Oakland, CA at Yoshis and being caught up in the moment after the show I bought this CD. It is simply one of the greatest CDs of all time. Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, and Ed Thigpen bring new life to a soundtrack that didn't even need "new life," but it is simply amazing. If you like jazz at all and/or like West Side Story this is a MUST buy. Oscar Peterson does not let down and brushes those keys with such feeling that it will take you aback. He is truly one of the last living "greats" and everyone needs to buy this CD. Like a previous review said...the only negative about this album is that America was not included but that's alright. Even if you're not into jazz, after listening to just might be.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Has stood up to the test of time 2 Nov 2008
By inland sailor - Published on
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I rushed out to buy this album when I was a kid, played it nonstop, have loved it ever since and heard one of the arrangements performed last night.
The freshness and brilliance has not been lost. The Jet Song is so tight utilizing tradeoffs with Ray Brown (maybe the best bass player ever?) is incredible.
The idea of reworking these songs in a jazz format was brilliant. As another reviewer noted, even if you aren't drawn to jazz this CD is worth having.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the swinging genius at his best, 23 Jun 1998
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Oscar Petersen's jazz version of Bernstein's West Side Story on all seven selections should be in everyone's collection. Ray Brown's bass and Ed Thigpen' drums round out the trio. As the liner notes say, This is the trio making jazz, Listen . What a soul this remarkable living legend obviously possesses.If great jazz is important to, do yourself a good deed, and get hold of a copy. Trust me, you will never regret it.
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