Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Complete Clef-Mercuty Studio Recordings of the Oscar Peterson Trio (1952-1953)

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Complete Clef-Mercuty Studio Recordings of the Oscar Peterson Trio (1952-1953)

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Complete Clef-Mercuty Studio Recordings of the Oscar Peterson Trio (1952-1953)

Mosaic MD7-241

Oscar Peterson (p, vcl); Barney Kessel (g); Ray Brown (b). (Irving Ashby for Kessel on eight numbers; Alvin Stoller (d) added on ten.) Mostly Los Angeles; November 25, 1951-December 7, 1953. Seven discs, 128 tracks (seven previously unissued), TT: 7:47:08. Complete discography on mosaicrecords.com

This two-year span in Oscar Peterson's post-Canadian career begins when he was 26, and it follows Norman Granz' careful direction of the transition, beginning with a 'surprise' Carnegie Hall appearance in September 1949. In the next two years, Granz recorded the Peterson-Ray Brown duo, booked them into selected clubs, and featured them on Jazz at the Philharmonic tours, where Oscar became comfortable associating with the legends. When the addition of Barney Kessel made the duo a trio, it began its long double duty as the Granz house rhythm section, backing most of the label's horn players and singers. This collection of the trio's studio recordings ends with Kessel's wish to return to West Coast studio work. (A future Mosaic box will pick up where Herb Ellis replaced him.)

Norman Granz appreciated the good songs of the great Broadway composers, and in late 1952, several years before producing the fine Ella Fitzgerald song books, he recorded Fred Astaire singing the classic songs he introduced, backed by Peterson and several of the JATP stars, fora multi-1p set. At the same time, he began recording a senes of Peterson tribute albums-Oscar Peterson Plays Jerome Kern, Oscar Peterson Plays Duke Ellington, et alia, and many of the selections m this box were recorded for that purpose. …

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