Oscar Peterson - Vancouver 1958 - 2LP
First time on vinyl, remastered with a new cover. Hailing from Montreal, Oscar Peterson (August 15, 1925-December 23, 2007) is one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time, releasing over 200 recordings, winning seven Grammy Awards, as well as a lifetime achievement award from the Recording Academy.
The Oscar Peterson Trio with Herb Ellis and Ray Brown, as you'll hear on "Vancouver, 1958", was at the top of its game. Oscar's early U.S. appearances were in duo form with Brown, while Texas-born Ellis had been a member of another trio-of-note, The Soft Winds, with John Frigio and Lou Carter. When Oscar replaced the group's original third member, Barney Kessel - Ellis, who Oscar had heard with the aforementioned threesome, was an immediate choice, seconded by Kessel himself (later he and Herb worked as a guitar duo).
Ellis joined in 1953 and, by the time of their appearances in Western Canada, this was about as tight a trio as you'll find in jazz. Ellis left the trio in 1958, so these recordings rank among the last by this classic trio.