This is the seventh volume in the Classics Oscar Peterson chronology. It contains 22 excellent tracks recorded in Los Angeles during the last two months of 1952. By this time, producer Norman Granz was firmly committed to his lifelong mission, which was to make as many recordings of Oscar Peterson as humanly possible. Granz was obeying his best instincts, and posterity should be grateful that he had the wherewithal to record so many hours of intimate Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson on miles and miles of magnetic tape. This particular segment of the Oscar Peterson story is uncommonly wonderful. Teamed with guitarist Barney Kessel and bassist Ray Brown, he concentrated upon five of the 20th century's greatest composers: Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. Throughout what has got to be one of this artist's most dependable and recommendable reissue compilations the listener will find excellent music for dining, dancing, relaxation, reflection, rumination and meditative noctambulation.
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