Release date: 13-07-2000 (originally released in 1962)
2000 German limited edition 11-track LP pressed on 180gram VIRGIN VINYL, originally released in 1962,This recording represents Oscar Peterson at his most commercially accommodating, yet his trio with Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen never fails to swing. The program includes such familiar melodies as the title track (which began life as Duke Ellington’s “Happy Go Lucky Local”), “Georgia on My Mind,” and “The Honeydripper.” With the notable exception of the gospel-like original “Hymn to Freedom,” most of the tracks clock in at around three minutes.presented in sealed & stickered picture sleeve
01. Night Train
02. C Jam Blues
03. Georgia On My Mind
04. Bags’ Groove
05. Moten Swing
06. Easy Does It
07. Honey Dripper
08. Things Ain’t What They Used To Be
09. I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good
10. Band Call
11. Hymn To Freedom
Bass – Ray Brown
Drums – Ed Thigpen
Piano – Oscar Peterson
Producer – Norman Granz
Real fans have always been in the know: the Oscar Peterson Trio was never better than in the Sixties. Enough said! Quite undeniably it was during this time that the pianist and his partners Ray Brown (bass) and Ed Thipgen (drums) achieved their greatest success â€“ and this success was never quite repeated with a different team of musicians. One of the albums to emerge from this era was Night Train, an album which still today is to be found right at the top of the best of the best of jazz lists.
As is only right and proper for a formation made up of black musicians, blues â€“ the bedrock of American jazz â€“ is right at the heart of this music. In addition to a whole series of well-known, swinging numbers which will set your pulse racing such as the peppy C-Jam-Blues or the breathless, racing Honey-Dripper, this album also contains several dreamy ballads of extraordinary beauty. And if your spine set deliciously tingling when listening to Georgia On My Mind or the famous Hymn of Freedom, then itâ€™s high time to visit a doctor! This auspicious compilation containing Petersonâ€™s most important numbers also deserves praise for its excellent tonal quality and the high standard of the pressing. But why waste words â€“ the fans know all that anyway!
Recording: December 1962 by Val Valentin / Production: Norman Granz
What an album, I love oscar Peterson, will post (much) more reviews of him and his wonderfull music.
Peter s TIP: at night, good turntable, read my turntable reviews 😉 fireplace burning, glas of wine and Oscar Peterson, Life can t be better.