Oscar Peterson

1945-1947

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Here are Oscar Peterson's first recordings, made in Canada before his U.S. breakthrough under the wing of Norman Granz. These Montreal recordings first came out as singles on the Canadian branch of the Victor label. As such, they don't come up for reissue air very often, which is a real shame, because there's some truly extraordinary performances here, including "I Got Rhythm," "In a Little Spanish Town," "Blue Moon," "Sweet Lorraine," and "The Sheik of Araby." Peterson is nothing short of jaw-droppingly excellent on these sides, his playing every bit as deft on the ballads as it is on the uptempo numbers. Plain and simply, these performances belong in every jazz lover's collection.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:02
2 2:57
3 3:01
4 3:03
5 3:11
6 2:40
7 3:09
8 2:50
9 2:52
10 3:12
11 2:57
12 2:51
13 2:47
14 3:09
15 3:12
16 3:37
17 3:12
18 2:43
19 3:23
20 3:03
21 2:44
22 2:33
23 3:05
24 2:45
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