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Album Review: The Oscar Peterson Trio – Walking the Line

Recorded in MPS Records’ Villingen, Germany studio over four days in November 1969 (and released the next year), Walking the Line features pianist Oscar Peterson joined by bassist Jiri Mraz and drummer Ray Price. Peterson is absolutely on fire from the very start, with a reading of Cole Porter‘s “I Love You.” There’s a sense

Best of 2014: Compilations and Reissues

So here we are. It’s the last day of 2014. And it’s also the final day of posts looking back at my personal Best of 2014 lists. Today I’ll run down my favorite reissue/compilation/archival releases. As it happens, this is – as much as such a thing exists – my area of expertise: a significant

Album Review: Oscar Peterson — Exclusively for My Friends [6LP box set]

Oscar Peterson was one of the most beloved figures in jazz. His recording career began in 1945, got fully underway in the 1950s, and tapered off as his health declined (he passed away in 2007). His catalog of recorded works is vast – well in excess of 200 albums – and contains many records considered

Capsule Reviews: Concord/Pablo Jazz Reissues

This time ’round in my capsule reviews, I take quick looks at five new reissues from Concord’s Original Jazz Classics series. All five were originally issued on Norman Granz’ Pablo label, and all but one date from the 1970s, not generally considered a prime period in the evolution of jazz. None of these releases has