This LP excerpts a portion of a Jazz at the Philharmonic All-Stars concert, primarily consisting of a set by the Oscar Peterson Trio. This edition of the group, with guitarist Barney Kessel and bassist Ray Brown joining the pianist, had a relatively brief lifespan of around two years. Peterson wows the crowd with some shimmering Art Tatum-like runs to introduce the timeless ballad "Tenderly," settling into a mellow groove as his bandmates enter. "C Jam Blues" is a raucous affair, with Peterson scatting along with his swinging piano as Kessel and Brown fuel his fire. "Seven Come Eleven" provides an even more intense workout, as Kessel's rapid-fire lines trade off with Peterson's throughout Charlie Christian's masterpiece. Following it are delightful trio renditions of two more standards, "Sweet Georgia Brown" and "Cheek to Cheek." The last track, "Cotton Tail," is from the same concert, but the trio is playing with fellow All-Stars Benny Carter, Lester Young, Charlie Shavers, Flip Phillips, Roy Eldridge, and Buddy Rich. There's a bit of showboating by Eldridge and Phillips, with plenty of crowd reaction, though Rich steals the spotlight with his long drum solo. Most of this music has appeared on a number of different LPs on various labels, but it still hasn't been reissued on CD.
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AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden