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Oscar Peterson/Oscar Peterson Trio: The Complete Tokyo Concert 1964

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This two-CD set combines two separate concerts by the Oscar Peterson Trio. The bulk of this Jazz Lips compilation is devoted to The Complete Tokyo Concert 1964, previously only available as a Pablo LP or CD in Japan. With Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen providing their usual sterling support, covering favorite standards, time-tested jazz compositions (many of which were still relatively new at the time) like "I Remember Clifford" and "Bags' Groove," plus Peterson's stirring, gospel-infused "Hymn to Freedom." Peterson does his share of showing off his tremendous chops, though he is remarkably restrained on the ballad features, except for the rollicking setting of "Tonight" (from the musical West Side Story) and a ridiculously fast "Yours Is My Heart Alone." Added as bonus tracks on the second disc are the complete contents that appeared on the Limelight LP Eloquence, recorded in 1965 at Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, shortly before Thigpen left the trio. Unfortunately, the unissued take of "Cute" remains hidden in the vault, but the group is a bit more subdued in this concert, highlighted by John Lewis' lush "Django" and a pair of Peterson miniatures that wrap the show. The extended liner notes are rather bland, consisting of the pianist's overall discographical history for each of the songs played in the Tokyo concert. ~ Ken Dryden


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