Verve tape ‘Oscar Peterson Plays the Duke Ellington Song book’ (1959)

‘Oscar Peterson Plays the Duke Ellington Song book’ is an album recorded between July 14 and August 9, 1959 with Ray Brown on double bass and Ed Thigpen on drums and released the same year by Verve.

Track listing : 1.Cotton Tail (Duke Ellington, Duke Ellington) – 03:24 . 2.Just A-Sittin’ and A-Rockin’ (Lee Gaines, Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn) – 03:01 . 3.Take the A Train (Billy Strayhorn) – 03:16 . 4.John Hardy’s Wife (Mercer Ellington) – 03:45 . 5.Sophisticated Lady (Mitchell Parish, Duke Ellington, Irving Mills) – 03:09 . 6.Don’t Get Around Much Anymore (Bob Russell, Duke Ellington) – 03:17 . 7.Rockin’ in Rhythm (Duke Ellington, Carney, Mills) – 03:19 . 8.Prelude to a Kiss (Mack Gordon, Duke Ellington, Irving Mills) – 03:53 . 9.In a Mellow Tone (Milt Gabler, Duke Ellington) – 04:00 . 10.Things Ain’t What They Used to Be (Ted Persons, Mercer Ellington) – 03:19 . 11.I Got It Bad (and That Ain’t Good) (Paul Francis Webster, Duke Ellington) – 02:56 . 12.Do Nothing till You Hear from Me (Bob Russell, Duke Ellington) – 03:01 .
Musicians : Oscar Peterson – piano . Ray Brown – double bass . Ed Thigpen – drums .
Production Produced by Norman Granz .
Recorded July 14 – August 9, 1959 .
Released in 1959 by Verve.

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Allmusic
Twice in the 1950s, pianist Oscar Peterson recorded an extensive series of songbooks devoted to one composer. In 1959, the pianist joined up with Brown and drummer Ed Thigpen to repeat many of the programs (since the group had changed and the music could now be cut in stereo) . […]

All About Jazz
Lack of excessive prearrangement lends these sides a sense of spontaneity and concise clarity. It is enlightening to compare Kessel’s off-the-cuff, ever-so-bluesy phrasing with Ellis’ tensile strength drive and rippling legato lines. […]

Cosmopolis
The Duke Ellington Song Book, especially the tunes from 1959, may be too much easy-listening for some jazz fans. So what? It is a CD for marvelous summer dreams. […]

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