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Night Train

Oscar Peterson Trio

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Master jazz pianist Oscar Peterson had his longest-running trio with bassist Ray Brown and drummer Ed Thigpen, and Night Train may be their finest moment. The repertoire here is comprised mostly of standards, although the choices seem deliberate. In treatments of jazz chestnuts like "C-Jam Blues" and "Georgia on My Mind," the trio works inside these well-known songs, painting over familiar colors and reworking traditional melodies while staying true to the spirit of each tune. The chemistry between Thigpen, Brown, and Peterson is unassailable. Peterson in particular is at the top of his game here, running the whole history of jazz through his dexterous, nimble fingers with an in-the-pocket ease not always apparent on his earlier recordings. Night Train was produced by Norman Granz, who had already sold Verve Records to MGM, but continued to record his favorite artists, of whom Peterson was one. The production is superb, and translates especially well via remastering. The Verve reissue features additional tracks, including alternate takes, rehearsals, full versions of "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" and "Volare," and an incomplete take of Charlie Parker's "Now's the Time." New packaging, expanded liner notes, and photographs make the 1997 CD version of Night Train a keeper. © Anthony Tognazzini /TiVo

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1
Night Train
00:04:51

The Oscar Peterson Trio (Oscar Peterson, Piano - Brown Ray, Double Bass - Ed Thigpen, Drums) - Jimmy Forrest, Composer - Oscar Washington, Composer - Lewis C. Simpkins, Composer - Supervised by Norman Granz, Producer - Val Valentin, Engineer

℗ 1963 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
C Jam Blues
00:03:25

The Oscar Peterson Trio (Oscar Peterson, Piano - Brown Ray, Bass guitar - Ed Thigpen, Drums) - Duke Ellington, Composer - Supervised by Norman Granz, Producer - Val Valentin, Engineer

℗ 1963 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Georgia On My Mind
00:03:46

The Oscar Peterson Trio (Oscar Peterson, Piano - Brown Ray, Bass guitar - Ed Thigpen, Drums) - Hoagy Carmichael, Composer - Stuart Gorrell, Composer - Supervised by Norman Granz, Producer - Val Valentin, Engineer

℗ 1963 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Bag's Groove
00:05:42

The Oscar Peterson Trio (Oscar Peterson, Piano - Brown Ray, Bass guitar - Ed Thigpen, Drums) - Milt Jackson, Composer - Supervised by Norman Granz, Producer - Val Valentin, Engineer

℗ 1963 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Moten Swing
00:02:55

The Oscar Peterson Trio (Oscar Peterson, Piano - Brown Ray, Bass guitar - Ed Thigpen, Drums) - Benny Moten, Composer - Supervised by Norman Granz, Producer - Val Valentin, Engineer

℗ 1963 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Easy Does It
00:02:45

The Oscar Peterson Trio (Oscar Peterson, Piano - Brown Ray, Bass guitar - Ed Thigpen, Drums) - Sy Oliver, Composer - James Oliver "Trummy" Young, Composer - Supervised by Norman Granz, Producer - Val Valentin, Engineer

℗ 1963 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Honey Dripper
00:02:24

The Oscar Peterson Trio (Oscar Peterson, Piano - Brown Ray, Bass guitar - Ed Thigpen, Drums) - Joe Liggins, Composer - Supervised by Norman Granz, Producer - Val Valentin, Engineer

℗ 1963 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Things Ain't What They Used To Be
00:04:38

The Oscar Peterson Trio (Oscar Peterson, Piano - Brown Ray, Bass guitar - Ed Thigpen, Drums) - Duke Ellington, Composer - Johnny Mercer, Composer - Supervised by Norman Granz, Producer - Val Valentin, Engineer

℗ 1963 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good
00:05:08

The Oscar Peterson Trio (Oscar Peterson, Piano - Brown Ray, Bass guitar - Ed Thigpen, Drums) - Duke Ellington, Composer - Paul Francis Webster, Composer - Supervised by Norman Granz, Producer - Val Valentin, Engineer

℗ 1963 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Band Call
00:03:55

The Oscar Peterson Trio (Oscar Peterson, Piano - Brown Ray, Bass guitar - Ed Thigpen, Drums) - Duke Ellington, Composer - Supervised by Norman Granz, Producer - Val Valentin, Engineer

℗ 1963 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Hymn To Freedom
00:05:36

The Oscar Peterson Trio (Oscar Peterson, Piano - Brown Ray, Bass guitar - Ed Thigpen, Drums) - Oscar Peterson, Composer - Norman Granz, Producer - Val Valentin, Engineer

℗ 1963 UMG Recordings, Inc.

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Master jazz pianist Oscar Peterson had his longest-running trio with bassist Ray Brown and drummer Ed Thigpen, and Night Train may be their finest moment. The repertoire here is comprised mostly of standards, although the choices seem deliberate. In treatments of jazz chestnuts like "C-Jam Blues" and "Georgia on My Mind," the trio works inside these well-known songs, painting over familiar colors and reworking traditional melodies while staying true to the spirit of each tune. The chemistry between Thigpen, Brown, and Peterson is unassailable. Peterson in particular is at the top of his game here, running the whole history of jazz through his dexterous, nimble fingers with an in-the-pocket ease not always apparent on his earlier recordings. Night Train was produced by Norman Granz, who had already sold Verve Records to MGM, but continued to record his favorite artists, of whom Peterson was one. The production is superb, and translates especially well via remastering. The Verve reissue features additional tracks, including alternate takes, rehearsals, full versions of "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" and "Volare," and an incomplete take of Charlie Parker's "Now's the Time." New packaging, expanded liner notes, and photographs make the 1997 CD version of Night Train a keeper. © Anthony Tognazzini /TiVo

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