1953 Live

Oscar Peterson

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1953 Live Review

by Ken Dryden

This English CD compilation features what is probably two complete NBC radio broadcasts from 1953, recorded at the Blue Note in Chicago exactly a week apart. The Oscar Peterson Trio, with Barney Kessel and Ray Brown, opens both programs, with the Buddy DeFranco Quartet taking over at the halfway point on each show. Since Kessel only spent about a year with

Peterson, the availability of these two brief live sets is an important discovery. Peterson is frequently singing softly along with his piano, while the trio is tight throughout both performances. One major goof by the label is the incorrect listing of the well-known Denzil Best composition "Move" as "Mood," which the pianist incorrectly attributes to Miles Davis. Buddy DeFranco is accompanied by Kenny Drew, Eugene Wright, and Art Blakey during each of his two sets. The clarinetist's group is also in great form, with Bud Powell's lively arrangement of "Somebody Loves Me" and Kenny Drew's exotic original "Cairo" both standing out. The CD is well-worth searching for, as this 1992 release is evidently no longer in print.

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