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Fred Astaire/Oscar Peterson: Complete Norman Granz Sessions

Track List

>Isn't This a Lovely Day
>Puttin' on the Ritz
>I Used to Be Color Blind
>Continental, The
>Let's Call the Whole Thing Off
>Change Partners
>'S Wonderful
>Lovely to Look At
>They All Laughed
>Cheek to Cheek
>Steppin' Out with My Baby
>Way You Look Tonight, The
>I've Got My Eyes on You
>Dancing in the Dark
>Carioca, The
>Nice Work If You Can Get It
>New Sun in the Sky
>I Won't Dance
>Fast Dances
>Top Hat, White Tie and Tails
>No Strings
>I Concentrate on You
>I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket
>Fine Romance, A
>Night and Day
>Fascinating Rhythm
>I Love Louisa
>Slow Dances
>Medium Dance
>They Can't Take That Away from Me
>You're Easy to Dance With
>Needle in a Haystack, A
>So Near and Yet So Far Away
>Foggy Day, A
>Oh, Lady Be Good
>I'm Building Up to an Awful Letdown
>Not My Girl
>Jam Session for a Dancer
>Astaire Blues, The
>Second Astaire Blues, The

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

For the first time, the complete 4 LP albums of 'The Fred Astaire Story' on a double-CD set. 20-bit remastered, with comprehensive notes. Jazz Factory. 2005.

Album Notes

Personnel: Oscar Peterson (piano, celesta); Fred Astaire (vocals); Barney Kessel (guitar); Flip Phillips (tenor saxophone); Charlie Shavers (trumpet); Alvin Stoller (drums).

Liner Note Authors: Fred Astaire; John Flanagan.

Recording information: Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA.

Perhaps more organically grounded than his earlier Hollywood recordings, Fred Astaire's December 1952 collaborations with pianist Oscar Peterson have an intimate honesty about them that some might find comforting. Of course, most of this material, written by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Arthur Schwartz, Jerome Kern, Vincent Youmans, Johnny Mercer, and the Gershwin brothers, is tied directly to Astaire's motion-picture career. Included are two ad-lib tap dance inventions and three original compositions devised especially for this project by Peterson. Producer Norman Granz fortified the sessions with the Jazz at the Philharmonic All-Stars, placing trumpeter Charlie Shavers and tenor saxophonist Flip Phillips in front and surrounding the pianist with guitarist Barney Kessel, bassist Ray Brown, and drummer Alvin Stoller. You can't beat 40 tracks featuring Fred and Oscar together. ~ arwulf arwulf


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