Oscar Peterson Trio – Last Call At The Blue Note (1990)
Telarc Jazz Digital Recording | 1990 | Jazz | EAC RIP | FLAC+CUE+LOG+HQ-Covers(400Dpi) | 284Mb+7Mb
With Oscar Petersons passing almost 2 years ago we lost one of the two remaining Jazz Piano Giants whose careers went back to the late 1940's (the other is Dave Brubeck). Peterson was a
giant in every sense. 250lbs in weight and over 6ft tall but luckily for us a giant of Jazz Piano as well.
This recording is also part of a four disc set and contains at the moment the last available recordings before he had a stroke and lost most of the use of his left hand for the rest of his
career. So here he still in near peak form. Herb Ellis is on guitar, Ray Brown is on bass and Bobby Durham is on drums.
Evidence of Petersons great talent can found throughout the album. I'd give special mention to "Yours is my Heart alone", which was always a showstopper. "Wheatland" is a beautiful tune and one of his best compositions. Peterson wrote a lot more quality music than he is ever given credit for. "Blues Etude" is Oscars encore to end all encores. As always taken at a furious tempo, and incorporating elements of fast be-bop, blues, boogie-woogie, stride Piano and a lot more besides. This track makes you realise what a devastating blow it must have been when he lost the use of his left-hand. I imagine this is the kind of encore Oscar Peterson played in his younger days in case there were any pianists out there who thought they were going to follow him!