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5.0 out of 5 stars Relentlessly swinging, 29 Aug. 2013
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This review is from: Historic Carnegie Hall Concerts (Audio CD)
If you're looking at this you already know its going to be very good (and it is). These recordings from 1949 to 1953 are marvelous, capturing Oscar Peterson at the start of his golden period which really lasted right through to the 1980s. But there is an excitement in these early recordings that is missing from some of his later recordings (even before the stroke afflicted him). Listen to C Jam Blues and Swingin' Till The Girls Come Home as examples.

Tracks 1 to 3 are Oscar Peterson and Ray Brown 1949
Tracks 4 & 5 are OP & RB 1950
Tracks 6 to 10 are OP, RB & Barney Kessel 1952
Tracks 11 to 15 are OP, RB & Herb Ellis 1953

The only issue really is the sound quality. There were few occasions, mostly not whilst music was playing, when some unwanted noise was apparent. But really you are listening to music that is 60+ years old, what do you expect? So its not an issue for me.

I have some of the 1953 tracks on another disc somewhere, but tell me 4:30 into Swingin' Till The Girls Come Home that this isn't worth having on multiple discs. Talk about swinging, this track defines the term for me.
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S J Buck
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