Live in Zurich, 1960
In 1960 jazz impresario Norman Granz took the Oscar Peterson Trio, the Miles Davis Quintet and the Stan Getz Quartet on a "Jazz At The Philharmonic" tour through Europe. The only Swiss concert of the tour took place on Friday April 8th 1960 in the Kongresshaus Zurich and was recorded by the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation. This new CD presents the complete set performed by the Oscar Peterson Trio that evening.
At the time of this concert Peterson was just 35 and just a few months into performing with his revised trio featuring bassist Ray Brown and drummer Ed Thigpen (1959 - 1965). It was this particular trio that delivered the acclaimed albums, 'Night Train' and 'Canadiana Suite'.
These live performances demonstrate Peterson's virtuoso playing on two upbeat numbers, "Politics and Poker", from the musical 'Fiorello', and Clifford Brown's crowd-pleasing bop tune "Dahoud". These are contrasted by two great, expansive, and beautifully arranged ballads, Dizzy Gillespie's "Con Alma" and "The Maidens of Cadiz", the latter inspired by French composer Léo Delibes and featured famously on the Miles Davis/Gil Evans album, 'Miles Ahead'. Two medium-paced tunes complete the set, Duke Jordan's "Jordu" and Ray Bryant's Latin flavoured "Cubano Chant".
Personnel: Oscar Peterson (piano), Ray Brown (bass), Ed Thigpen (drums)
- Introduction by Norman Granz
- Cubano Chant
- Con Alma
- Politics and Poker
- The Maidens of Cadiz
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