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Oscar Peterson/Oscar Peterson Trio: Walking the Line

Track List

>I Love You
>Rock of Ages
>Once Upon a Summertime
>Just Friends
>Teach Me Tonight
>Windmills of Your Mind, The
>I Didn't Know What Time It Was
>All of You

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

The partnership between Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer and Oscar Peterson grew after the legendary "Exclusively For My Friends," recordings. Nine albums followed that remarkable recording. "Walking The Line" came about during the middle of this period of their work. An added bonus to this vinyl release is Hubertus Mall's fantastic drawing of Peterson featured on the cover. Peterson is joined by bassist Georg Mraz and drummer Ray Price for this release which is bookended by two Cole Porter Classics, "I Love You," and "All of You." Each of the tracks in between is a masterpiece in its own right, especially the irresistible version of "Rock of Ages."

Album Notes

Personnel: Oscar Peterson (piano); Ray Price (drums).

Audio Remasterers: Dirk Sommer; Christoph Stickel.

Liner Note Authors: Dirk Sommer; Stefan Franzen.

Recording information: 11/10/1970-11/13/1970.

Director: Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer.

Photographers: Josef Werkmeister; German Hasenfratz.

Translator: Martin Cook.

This fine Oscar Peterson date from 1970 features a trio rounded out by bassist George Mraz and drummer Ray Price. Peterson has always excelled in the trio format, and WALKING THE LINE is no exception. As fans know, Peterson is a dazzling technician, turning out a blinding flurry of notes one minute ("Just Friends"), then coming back the next with a ballad exquisite enough to break your heart ("Once Upon a Summertime").

Fluent in blues, hard bop, swing, and post-bop, Peterson's approach can range from dramatic to extremely delicate. All these facets are on display on WALKING THE LINE (bolstered by the sensitive interplay of Price and Mraz), making this one of the best dates of Peterson's late-'60s/early-'70s period. Remastered sound makes it that much more enjoyable..


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