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Oscar Peterson Trio: Vancouver 1958

Captured in Vancouver 1958 (Just a Memory), this exhilarating live set is the second volume of Oscar Peterson material recorded at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver. Opening on an uncharacteristically mellow note, Peterson, guitarist Herb Ellis and bassist Roy Brown-who are at the peak of their powers at the time of this recording-take the ultimate jamming vehicle, “How High the Moon,” at a deliberately slow clip, rendering it as a lush ballad. Peterson, Canada’s premier jazz figure then and now, demonstrates his unrivaled command of the keyboard on relaxed renditions of “We’ll Be Together Again” and Clifford Brown’s “Joy Spring” before exploding with Tatum-esque runs on uptempo scorchers like Brown’s “Daahoud” and the lesser known Rodgers and Hart tune “I Like to Recognize the Tune.” And Ellis runs neck-and-neck with him in these fleet-fingered races through the scales.

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