The music on this chronological CD traces Oscar Peterson's career shortly after he settled in the United States. The music is drawn from Mercury, Clef, and Norgran sessions that consist of six duets with bassist Major Holley and 16 duets with Ray Brown, three of which are taken from a Carnegie Hall concert. Peterson's style was almost fully formed by this time, and he was certainly a virtuosic player with very impressive playing chops. With a few exceptions (Johnny Hodges' "Squatty Roo," Billy Strayhorn's "After All," "Summer Nocturne," and the catchy "Salute To Garner," and a few rare Peterson originals), the music is comprised of standards. Although the Oscar Peterson Trio was still in the near future, all of the components (except the guitarist) were in place by mid-1950. This formerly rare music (which has rarely been reissued) will be desired by Oscar Peterson collectors.
AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow