Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Oscar Peterson - Soul Espanol

Oscar Peterson augmented his regular working trio of the time (bassist Sam Jones and drummer Louis Hayes) with Henley Gibson on congas, Marshall Thompson on timbales, and Harold Jones as an added percussionist for this release, which focuses mostly on the music of Brazilian composers (so the title Soul Espanol is a bit misleading). With the surge of interest in bossa nova and samba, Peterson's interpretations of songs like "Manha de Carnaval," "How Insensitive," "Meditation," and "Samba de Orfeo" have stood up very well against similar jazz recordings of the mid-'60s. Peterson's "Soulville Samba" has a gospel flavor, while his "Sensitive Samba" is more laid-back; Vincent Youmans' decades-old "Carioca" also fit in nicely. This is an enjoyable, if not essential, part of Oscar Peterson's considerable discography. The one mystery is why the credits and liner notes couldn't have been reproduced on a larger insert in order for them to be readable; this is one major drawback in shrinking the original LP jacket to CD size. - by Ken Dryden, AMG

Artist: Oscar Peterson
Album: Soul Espanol
Year: 1966
Label: Limelight (Japan Mini LP)
Total time: 38:16

1.  Mas Que Nada (Jorge Ben) 2:27
2.  Manha de Carnaval (Luiz Bonfá/Vinicius de Moraes) 3:45
3.  Call Me (Tony Hatch) 5:19
4.  How Intensitive (Vinicius de Moraes/Norman Gimbel/Antonio Carlos Jobim) 4:02
5.  Carioca (Edward Eliscu/Gus Kahn/Vincent Youmans) 4:31
6.  Soulville Samba (Oscar Peterson) 2:25
7.  Amanha (Tomorrow) (Phil Bodner) 4:21
8.  Meditation (Norman Gimbel/Antonio Carlos Jobim/Newton Mendonça) 4:15
9.  Samba Sensitive (Oscar Peterson) 3:20
10.  Samba de Orfeo (Luiz Bonfá/Vinicius de Moraes) 3:51

Oscar Peterson (Piano)
Sam Jones (Double Bass)
Louis Hayes (Drums)
Marshall Thompson (Timbales)
Harold Jones (Percussion)
Henley Gibson (Conga)


  1. Hi ! would you possibly (and kindly) consider a re-up ? Thanks for your SUPERB work ! Kind regards

  2. Thank you SO much !!



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