This is an interesting later recording of Oscar Peterson, which I have played multiple times now, and throughly enjoyed. The recording quality is excellent, as you'd expect from Telarc. Its worth mentioning that 7 of the 10 tunes here were written by Oscar Peterson. He is very under-rated as a writer.
This being a post-stroke OP album his left-hand use is very limited. Perhaps the odd note or chord is played with the left hand, but a lot of the time its completely absent. And that is why I can't give the album 5 stars. There are too many great albums when Oscar was in his prime that you should buy first. That said when you listen to the first track, you might doubt my sanity, as the band is fantastic and until his solo Oscar plays in a more modern style which fits the saxophone style of Ralph Moore, who clearly has listened to Coltrane in his time. And nothing wrong with that!
As this is a quintet the sound is a bit fuller than for most of Oscar Peterson's trio recordings, though on his solos (and without a guitarist) the missing powerhouse left-hand is quite noticeable. As I have said in another review of one of his later recordings there is an occasional slight fragility to his right-hand lines that probably wouldn't be as noticeable if his left-hand was still fully functioning.
However lets not get picky, I'm just happy the great man continued recording, and even with the limitations I've mentioned above this is still well worth owning. The other musicians including the great NHOP are all excellent. Enjoy.
An energetic recording where Oscar Peterson teams up with younger musicians late in his career. Opens with "Tin Tin Deo" lovely trumpet from Roy Hargrove and Ralph More on tenor sax through this terrific jazz C.D. Something for all Jazz fans including the classics "My Foolish Heart" and "Just Friends" As you listen to the C.D. Oscar gives the other musicians space to improvise the numbers and what comes over is an equal tight sounding jazz outfit. This is music they play in Jazz clubs across the U.K. and I guess the U.S.A. if you are a fan of modern jazz then i think you will really enjoy this C.D.