This unusual anthology features excerpts from seven different concerts in Paris by Oscar Petrson between 1961 and 1969. The majority of the tracks feature the pianist with Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen; the music is consistently swinging and generally well recorded. Highlights include a blazing take of "Daahoud" and a foot-tapping "Six and Four." Roy Eldridge adds his superb muted trumpet to "But Not for Me" and "Main Stem." The two tracks from the second half of the 1960s feature bassist Sam Jones and either Louis Hayes or Bobby Durham on drums, all of whom are worthy successors to their predecessors in the trio.
Although this isn't a key release in Oscar Peterson's formidable discography, it is worth picking up if you consider yourself a serious fan of his work.
|Daahoud / Clifford Brown||Oscar Peterson||6:31|
|I Remember Clifford / Benny Golson||Oscar Peterson||7:42|
|Where Do I Go from Here? / Jerry Bock / Sheldon Harnick||Oscar Peterson||4:10|
|But Not for Me / George Gershwin / Ira Gershwin||Oscar Peterson||3:28|
|Main Stem / Duke Ellington||Oscar Peterson||4:54|
|Satin Doll / Duke Ellington / Johnny Mercer / Billy Strayhorn||Oscar Peterson||7:21|
|My One and Only Love / Robert Mellin / Guy Wood||Oscar Peterson||5:20|
|Tangerine / Johnny Mercer / Victor Schertzinger||Oscar Peterson||4:06|
|Six and Four / Oliver Nelson||Oscar Peterson||7:34|
|Nightingale / Gene Lees / Oscar Peterson||Oscar Peterson||6:21|
|You Look Good to Me / Walter Donaldson / Seymour Lefco / Billy Rose / Clement Wells||Oscar Peterson||6:19|
|Someday My Prince Will Come / Frank Churchill / Larry Morey||Oscar Peterson||4:07|
|I Concentrate on You / Cole Porter||Oscar Peterson||4:11|
|Lil' Darlin' / Neal Hefti||Oscar Peterson||6:59|