Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Peterson, Pass, Pedersen - The Trio

Guitarist Joe Pass and bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen both play well on these live performances, but the reason to acquire this set is for the remarkable Oscar Peterson. The pianist brilliantly investigates several jazz styles on "Blues Etude" (including stride and boogie-woogie), plays exciting versions of his "Chicago Blues" and "Easy Listening Blues," tears into "Secret Love," and shows honest emotion on "Come Sunday." Peterson really flourished during his years with Norman Granz's Pablo label, and this was one of his finest recordings of the period. - by Scott Yanow, AMG

Not to be confused with his album of the same title on the Verve record label, this recording captures a live performance from 1973 made by the Oscar Peterson trio consisting of Joe Pass on guitar and Niels-Henning Ørsted Pederson on bass. The set (played at the London House in Chicago) showcases Peterson's extraordinary technique and talent for the blues. The first track, "Blues Etude", presents a romping version of the standard twelve-bar form that highlights Peterson's ambidextrous technical facility and excellent stride ability. The next two tunes on the album include a lengthy but soulful take of "Chicago Blues" and an inspired version of "Easy Listening Blues." "Come Sunday" presents guitar virtuoso Joe Pass's reflective touch to the classic Ellington standard. Played unaccompanied, the track also reveals Pass's seminal solo concept. "Secret Love" serves as a buoyant closer to a classic performance in the annals of jazz. Though often overlooked by most jazz listeners, "The Trio" is certainly one Oscar Peterson's best albums, due in no small part to the support of sidemen Pederson and Pass. This album is essential to the record collection of both connoisseur and casual listener alike. Highly recommended. - by Copenlagen, Amazon.com

Artist: Oscar Peterson, Joe Pass, Niels-Henning Oersted Pedersen
Album: The Trio (Live at London House, Chicago)
Year: 1973
Label: OJC (Remastered, 1998)
Runtime: 37:57

1.  Blues Etude (Oscar Peterson) 5:30
2.  Chicago Blues (Oscar Peterson) 13:42
3.  Easy Listen' Blues (Nadine Robinson) 7:45
4.  Come Sunday (Duke Ellington) 3:45
5.  Secret Love (Sammy Fain/Paul Francis Webster) 7:12

Oscar Peterson - Piano
Joe Pass - Guitar
Niels-Henning Oersted Pedersen - Double Bass


  1. This is a great trio and you are right on about Oscar's playing in this setting. Thanks.



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