Various Artists

Sessions, Live Oscar Peterson/Gerald Wiggins

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This compilation consists of the soundtrack from two television programs from 1957. Of primary interest are the three selections by the Oscar Peterson Trio (with bassist Ray Brown and guitarist Herb Ellis), particularly the laid-back miniature rendition of "Time After Time" and a romp through "Seven Come Eleven." Pianist Gerald Wiggins is also heard on three selections, though the remainder of his group remains unknown. One hardly thinks of "In My Merry Oldsmobile" as a jazz vehicle, though Wiggins pulls it off. Better is his lively original "A Fifth for Frank." Two obscure singers are also on the album. Jane Fielding was a former ice skater who switched to singing jazz after a serious injury. Terry Morel is a bit more interesting, as she sounds as if she's spent more time working on her craft, though excessive reverb mars her performance of "What Is There to Say." Neither artist seems to have made much of an impact, as each of them only made a few other recordings. Like all other Calliope compilations released in the mid-'70s, this album disappeared from print when the company folded, evidently within a short time after its release.

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