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Stan Getz & The Oscar Peterson Trio CD

Oscar Peterson

Stan Getz and Oscar Peterson were both consummate performers, comfortable at any tempo, when they met for this 1957 recording, and they're clearly enjoying one another's skills on ballads and uptempo tunes alike. The group is one of the finest editions of Peterson's trios, with bassist Ray Brown and guitarist Herb Ellis. It's virtually a machine for quiet swing, and the absence of a drummer lets Getz's silky sound come to the fore with all its details intact. For all his fame as a virtuosic pianist, Peterson is an underrated accompanist. He complements a soloist with deft fills and unobtrusive propulsion, and the backgrounds he supplies here are as subtle as his solos are extroverted. The program is a good mix of standards and Getz originals, including the joyous "Tour's End," while the extended ballad medley could define jazz lyricism. There's also a brief but infectious version of Ellis's "Detour Ahead," the guitarist's early and highly successful foray into songwriting.

1. I Want to Be Happy 
2. Pennies from Heaven 
3. Ballad Medley: Bewitched / I Don't Know Why I Just Do / How Long Has This Been Going On? / I Can't Get Started / Polka Dots and Moonbeams 
4. I'm Glad There Is You 
5. Tour's End 
6. I Was Doing All Right 
7. Bronx Blues 
8. Three Little Words
9. Detour Ahead 
10. Sunday 
11. Blues for Herky
12. It Never Entered My Mind