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Oscar Peterson: This Is Oscar Peterson

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Personnel: Oscar Peterson (vocals, piano); Armand Samson, Ben Johnson (guitar); Bert Brown, Albert King, Austin Roberts (bass); Frank Gariepy, Roland Verdon, Marki "Wilkie" Wilkinson, Clarence Jones (drums).

Includes liner notes by Ben Young, John McDonough, and Leonard Feather.

Personnel: Oscar Peterson (piano).

Recording information: 04/30/1945-12/17/1952.

Oscar Peterson's style wasn't fully formed at the time the 78 RPM discs which make up this two-CD set were recorded early in his career, between 1945 and 1949. Sticking mostly to standards and blues, along with a few well-known jazz compositions such as "Flying Home" and "C Jam Blues," Peterson's sound runs the gamut from Tatum-influenced swing ("Sweet Lorraine" and "[Back Home Again] In Indiana") to a boogie-woogie-flavored "I Got Rhythm," and a driving original, "Oscar's Boogie Woogie." He's heard with several different trios, including his earliest regular working group with bassist Bert Brown and drummer Clarence Jones. ~ Ken Dryden


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