Oscar Peterson

Piano Supreme

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This series of sessions spans the gamut of Oscar Peterson's labels (Clef, Verve, CBS, RCA) over a time line of nearly a decade (1946-1953). Throughout Piano Supreme, it seems that Bud Music went for the obvious standards and show tunes, rather than deeper into Peterson's catalog for the skeletal system that the pianist was known for. His classic trio is nowhere to be found, save for one appearance by Ray Bryant later in the disc, and the sidemen who do appear are no substitute for them. Often Peterson seems two moves ahead of his session mates, with the others struggling to keep up. Peterson, on the other hand, seems to be in fine form, never overplaying and always hitting the mark. It's not the introductory piece that fans should warm up to Peterson with, but for diehards looking for a great session of Peterson tearing through standards at a furious pace, this might be something worthy of time and hard-earned money.

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