Oscar Peterson

Trio in Transition

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By the mid-'60s, Oscar Peterson was a man out of time. While the scene moved through bop, modal, and post-bop, and continued on into the stratosphere behind the avant-garde, Peterson maintained his trio and the style of jazz his fame had been founded on: stunning interpretations of other people's music. Maybe Peterson was over-recorded. Maybe his music had become repetitive and somewhat dull compared to what the Young Turks were doing. But no one listening to this version of "Moaning" could possibly conclude that this man had lost a step. This is a perfect picture of a pianist in his thundering prime, together with the musicians of his most famed unit. While Bill Evans withdrew farther and farther into his own head, and men like Monk tinkered with large bands, Peterson brought the people the funk. The first disc of this is live, and stands up well among his other live records. The second is a session from Chicago, maybe not his best, but still better than most. Someday, the world will rediscover this man and his wonderfully beautiful music.

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