Oscar Peterson - Oscar Peterson Plays The Jerome Kern Song Book (1959/2015) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

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Oscar Peterson - Oscar Peterson Plays The Jerome Kern Song Book (1959/2015) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

Oscar Peterson - Oscar Peterson Plays The Jerome Kern Song Book (1959/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 34:26 minutes | 1,46 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Within a one-month period the Oscar Peterson Trio (with bassist Ray Brown and their new drummer Ed Thigpen) recorded nine different Songbook, 108 selections in all. Not too surprisingly, this music had a minimum of prior planning and few arranged passages, putting it on a lower level than the typical music played by Peterson's prior trio with guitarist Herb Ellis. The 12 numbers performed for the Jerome Kern album are given melodic and consistently swinging treatments with such songs as 'I Won't Dance,' 'The Song Is You,' and 'Pick Yourself Up' among the better selections heard on this pleasing program.

Jerome Kern's stage tunes going back to the late '20s with the acclaimed presentation Show Boat right up to the '40s, will forever be at the core of quintessential American popular songs that hold a dear place in the heart of all straight-ahead jazz performers. Oscar Peterson's immortal trio with bassist Ray Brown and drummer Ed Thigpen play Kern's themes expertly, with no small degree of interpretation, and a clever angle on these well-worn songs that only Peterson can self-identify with his genius mindset. The title should be more accurately 'The Jerome Kern & Friends Songbook,' as he always co-wrote with such notables as Oscar Hammerstein II, Otto Harbach, Ira Gershwin, and Dorothy Fields, but these are all instrumental versions of his priceless musical scores and are immediately familiar without lyrics. From the actual Show Boat set list, 'Ol' Man River' has endured the longest, and here it rumbles with Thigpen's incredible drums, rambles via Peterson, then has the pianist and bassist in cross talk with space. 'Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man' is a tender ballad, slowly unfolding as the chiming chords of Peterson's reflect a melodic comparison of 'Stairway to the Stars.' The third Show Boat revision, 'Bill,' is so downplayed and minimal that it is reduced to a steamy crawl. Most astute listeners will easily recognize the perky and hopped up 'I Won't Dance' due to Thigpen's expert brush work, while Peterson changes up the harmonic insides of the tune and speeds along on a death-defying solo. 'The Song Is You' stops and starts fearlessly then jams into fourth gear immediately, 'The Way You Look Tonight' is standard, reliable fare remade in Peterson's image with no strain, and his girthy chords block out 'A Fine Romance.' There's always a regal side to the pianist in his ability to perceptively tone down his wilder notions; the effortless, serene, and supremely confident take of 'Long Ago,' a British-styled 'Lovely to Look at You,' and purely tender 'Smoke Gets in Your Eyes' act as final answer evidence. Of the many recordings this great jazz trio made, this is one of the top three, and even though it clocks in at under thirty five minutes with no alternate takes. It remains a monument to the Peterson trio's timeless quality, and is a fitting tribute to Jerome Kern's everlasting genius as one of the true great American popular songwriters.

Tracklist:

01. I Won't Dance
02. Bill
03. The Song Is You
04. A Fine Romance
05. Can't Help Lovin' That Man Of Mine
06. Ol' Man River
07. Long Ago (And Far Away)
08. Lovely To Look At
09. Pick Yourself Up
10. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
11. The Way You Look Tonight
12. Yesterdays

Personnel:

Oscar Peterson - piano
Ray Brown - double bass
Ed Thigpen - drums

foobar2000 1.3.7 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1
log date: 2017-12-15 12:32:24

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Analyzed: Oscar Peterson / Oscar Peterson Plays The Jerome Kern Song Book
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR10 0.00 dB -13.86 dB 2:31 01-I Won't Dance
DR13 -2.00 dB -19.59 dB 2:58 02-Bill
DR11 -0.72 dB -14.93 dB 3:04 03-The Song Is You
DR11 -0.07 dB -15.11 dB 3:09 04-A Fine Romance
DR13 -2.08 dB -19.67 dB 2:45 05-Can't Help Lovin' That Man Of Mine
DR10 0.00 dB -13.04 dB 2:38 06-Ol' Man River
DR11 -0.62 dB -15.97 dB 2:35 07-Long Ago (And Far Away)
DR12 0.00 dB -15.72 dB 2:48 08-Lovely To Look At
DR10 0.00 dB -12.96 dB 2:12 09-Pick Yourself Up
DR12 0.00 dB -17.20 dB 2:49 10-Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
DR12 0.00 dB -15.18 dB 3:40 11-The Way You Look Tonight
DR11 0.00 dB -17.35 dB 3:18 12-Yesterdays
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Number of tracks: 12
Official DR value: DR11

Samplerate: 192000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 6072 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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