Oscar PETERSON – Oscar Peterson Trio + One Clark TERRY 1964

Oscar PETERSON – Oscar Peterson Trio + One Clark TERRY 1964
2007 Issue.


Some guest soloists get overshadowed by Oscar Peterson’s technical prowess, while others meet him halfway with fireworks of their own; trumpeter Clark Terry lands in the latter camp on this fine 1964 session. With drummer Ed Thigpen and bassist Ray Brown providing solid support, the two soloists come off as intimate friends over the course of the album’s ten ballad and blues numbers. And while Peterson shows myriad moods, from Ellington’s impressionism on slow cuts like “They Didn’t Believe Me” to fleet, single-line madness on his own “Squeaky’s Blues,” Terry goes in for blues and the blowzy on originals like “Mumbles” and “Incoherent Blues”; the trumpeter even airs out some of his singularly rambling and wonderful scat singing in the process. Other highlights include the rarely covered ballad “Jim” and the even more obscure “Brotherhood of Man” from the Broadway musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. A very engaging and enjoyable disc.
By Stephen Cook, All Music Guide.
I knew that this priceless session had recently seen a domestic reissue, but try as I might I couldn’t do better than scare up previous, pricey oop editions, Japanese imports, the other session with Oscar and Clark Terry (perhaps equally worthy, but I wanted the “Mumbles” date for a grand child). Whatever’s awry with Amazon’s search protocol, if you’ve found this page, that’s half the battle. Amazon’s One-Click purchase system makes the rest a piece of cake.

The session is worth owning even though these musicians are so familiar to most listeners by now the proceedings are pretty much as expected. On the other hand, I had assumed Oscar would be in his “quiet and deferential” mode, taking it as easy on Clark as possible. Forget that. Clark takes the initiative and motivates the trio to match him stride for rollicking stride. Oscar is not simply doing his Verve “house pianist” thing for Norman Granz but is fully engaged in the humor, good spirits, and downright swinging earthiness of the proceedings. And no question that Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen are having an equally good time.

Definitely one of Oscar’s better studio albums as an accompanist and a session that kids of all ages deserve to hear. C.T. is equally communicative on the horn (sometimes two of them) as well as his “mumbles mode,” and besides playing pretty fair piano, Oscar himself is, as usual, prone to his own non-musical vocalizations.

(Minor quibble: the documentation with this edition–mine, at least–is spartan, to say the least. This meeting deserves far better–a description of the pre-recording circumstances as well as the session itself and perhaps even some after-history of this foursome.)
By  Samuel Chell.
Piano- Oscar Peterson
Trumpet, Flugelhorn- Clark Terry
Bass- Ray Brown
Drums- Ed Thigpen
01. Brotherhood Of Man (3:34)
02. Jim (2:59)
03. Blues For Smedley (6:53)
04. Roundalay (3:54)
05. Mumbles (2:01)
06. Mack The Knife (5:16)
07. They Didn’t Believe Me (4:18)
08. Squeaky’s Blues (3:27)
09. I Want A Little Girl (5:08)
10. Incoherent Blues (2:41)

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