Oscar Peterson

The Personal Touch

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This is a somewhat unusual Oscar Peterson record in a number of ways. Peterson (along with flügelhornist Clark Terry, bassist Dave Young, drummer Jerry Fuller, and either Peter Leitch or Ed Bickert on guitar) performs 13 songs either written or popularized by Canadians. In addition he sings the majority of the tunes in his Nat King Cole-influenced voice and contributes two new songs of his own. The repertoire includes some familiar standards ("Some of These Days," "I'll Never Smile Again," "The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise," and "Sweethearts on Parade"), jazz versions of a few pop tunes (including "Spinning Wheel"), and a few obscurities.

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