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Oscar Peterson - The Early Years 1945-50

Oscar Peterson - The Early Years 1945-50

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Oscar Peterson was one of the most brilliant and distinctive modern jazz pianists to come to the fore in the post-war era.

Initially making his mark in his native Canada, he made his first records for RCA in Montreal, but soon captured the attention of jazz impresario Norman Granz and within a few years was recording under his auspices for Clef/Mercury in New York.

This 47-track compilation addresses those early years, and comprises studio recordings in trio, quartet and duo settings with a variety of line-ups, performing well-known Great American Songbook standards which were the staple repertoire of jazz improvisers in that era along with original compositions.


These early relatively simple tuneful, reflectively rhythmic recordings may win doubters over. - Andrew Liddle (Jazz Rag Issue 164)

There are many highlights, including a sensitive version of Jerome Kern's They Didn't Believe Me and an original titled Nameless, on this double CD of work by a brilliant and distinctive jazz pianist. - Neville Dickie (Just Jazz Issue 274)

This double disc set takes the listener back to the very start of Peterson's long and illustrious career and as such is a valuable archive, especially as the early part of this period does not seem to have been given much exposure over the years. - Gerry Stonestreet (In Tune Issue 346)

Spread over two discs the re-issue encompasses ten sessions comprising 47 tracks, the majority in trio format culminating in two duo dates from 1950, marking his transition to the Clef label under the tutelage of jazz impresario Norman Granz who was to launch his American and ultimately international career... Like all Acrobat releases the sound quality is excellent as is the booklet essay which tells the listener everything they need to know about the music and its context. In short this is a highly recommended, not to be missed album from a company whose reputation as a curator and purveyor of archive material grows with every re-issue. - Euan Dixon (Jazzviews February 2021)

Not even the most ardent Petersonian would argue that these early recordings are the equal of those dating from the early 1950s. But some of these performances reveal a gradual maturation and refinement of his style and technique…  Not, perhaps, essential, but if purchased will provide some rewarding and instructive listening. - John White (Jazz Journal February 2021)

Disc 1
Track Title Artist
1 I Got Rhythm The Oscar Peterson Trio
2 Louise The Oscar Peterson Trio
3 My Blue Heaven The Oscar Peterson Trio
4 The Sheik Of Araby The Oscar Peterson Trio
5 Flying Home The Oscar Peterson Quartet
6 C Jam Blues The Oscar Peterson Quartet
7 If I Could Be With You The Oscar Peterson Quartet
8 Humoresque The Oscar Peterson Quartet
9 Blue Moon The Oscar Peterson Trio
10 In A Little Spanish Town The Oscar Peterson Trio
11 Time On My Hands The Oscar Peterson Trio
12 China Boy The Oscar Peterson Trio
13 Runnin' Wild The Oscar Peterson Trio
14 Sweet Lorraine The Oscar Peterson Trio
15 Honeydripper The Oscar Peterson Trio
16 East Of The Sun The Oscar Peterson Trio
17 Indiana The Oscar Peterson Trio
18 Margie The Oscar Peterson Trio
19 I Surrender Dear The Oscar Peterson Trio
20 Ghost Of A Chance The Oscar Peterson Trio
21 Oscar's Boogie The Oscar Peterson Trio
22 Smiles The Oscar Peterson Trio
23 Stairway To The Stars The Oscar Peterson Trio
24 Poor Butterfly The Oscar Peterson Trio
Disc 2
Track Title Artist
1 Oop Bop Sh'bam The Oscar Peterson Trio
2 Sweet Georgia Brown The Oscar Peterson Trio
3 Sleepy Time Gal The Oscar Peterson Trio
4 Rockin' In Rhythm The Oscar Peterson Trio
5 Fine And Dandy The Oscar Peterson Trio
6 My Heart Stood Still The Oscar Peterson Trio
7 Somebody Loves Me The Oscar Peterson Trio
8 At Sundown The Oscar Peterson Trio
9 Debut Oscar Peterson Duo
10 They Didn't Believe Me Oscar Peterson Duo
11 Lover Come Back To Me Oscar Peterson Duo
12 Where Or When Oscar Peterson Duo
13 Three O'clock In The Morning Oscar Peterson Duo
14 All The Things You Are Oscar Peterson Duo
15 Oscar's Blues Oscar Peterson Duo
16 Tenderly Oscar Peterson Duo
17 Little White Lies Oscar Peterson Duo
18 Nameless Oscar Peterson Duo
19 Get Happy Oscar Peterson Duo
20 Jumpin' With Symphony Sid Oscar Peterson Duo
21 Smoke Gets In Your Eyes Oscar Peterson Duo
22 Deep Purple Oscar Peterson Duo
23 Robbins' Nest Oscar Peterson Duo
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    Oscar Peterson
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    October 2020
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