Oscar Peterson : West Side Story

Oscar Peterson : West Side Story

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Oscar Peterson (piano), Toots Thielemans (harmonica), Ray Brown (bass), Ed Thigpen (drums)

Verve 8454

Analogue Productions - Quality Records : 2 LPs 200 gram (45rpm)

Brand New and Sealed Record

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1. Something's Coming
2. Somewhere
3. Jet Song
1. Tonight
2. Maria
3. I Feel Pretty
4. Reprise

Recorded on January 24 & 25, 1962 in New York City.

West Side Story, composed by Leonard Bernstein, was a bit of an unusual session for several reasons. First, the popularity of both the Broadway musical and the film version that followed meant that there were many records being made of its music. Second, rather than woodshed on the selections prior to entering the studio, the Oscar Peterson Trio spontaneously created impressions of the musical's themes on the spot. "Something's Coming" seems like a series of vignettes, constantly shifting its mood, as if moving from one scene to the next. Ray Brown plays arco bass behind Peterson in the lovely "Somewhere," while the feeling to "Jet Song" is very hip in the trio's hands. The snappy interplay between the musicians in the brisk setting of "Tonight" turns it into a swinger. "Maria" initially has a light, dreamy quality, though it evolves into a solid groove. The romp through "I Feel Pretty" is full of humor, while the album closes with a brief reprise of several themes from the musical to wrap the session with a flourish.

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

This Analogue Productions LP was remastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound, using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed on 200-gram virgin vinyl at Quality Record Pressings.

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