Friday, September 25, 2015

Oscar Peterson - A Summer Night In Munich

A Summer Night in Munich captures Oscar Peterson and his "NATO quartet" in a triumphant concert performance recorded July 22, 1998 at the Munchen Philharmonika. With a program of seven Peterson originals plus the Ellington-Strayhorn standard, "Satin Doll," this group cooks. "Backyard Blues" and "Nigerian Marketplace" are especially exciting and contemporary-sounding originals, while "When Summer Comes," "Evening Song" and "Love Ballade" are beautiful ballads. Bassist Niels-Henning Oersted Pedersen lays down the nimble-fingered lines for which he is known, while guitarist Ulf Wakenius is a most complementary figure in dialogue with the leader. Drummer Martin Drew keeps the proceedings on track rhythmically, taking a tasty solo turn on the set closer, "Sushi." With this fine recording, Peterson shows that even in his seventies, he's still got the goods. - by Jim Newsom, AMG

Artist: Oscar Peterson
Album: A Summer Night in Munich
Year: 1998
Label: Telarc Jazz
Runtime: 64:09

Tracks:
1.  Backyard Blues (Oscar Peterson) 7:06
2.  When Summer Comes (Oscar Peterson) 9:16
3.  Nigerian Marketplace (Oscar Peterson) 9:46
4.  Evening Song (Oscar Peterson) 6:24
5.  Satin Doll (Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn) 8:31
6.  Love Ballade (Oscar Peterson) 8:58
7.  Hymn to Freedom (Oscar Peterson) 6:00
8.  Sushi (Oscar Peterson) 8:04

Personnel:
Oscar Peterson (Piano)
Ulf Wakenius (Guitar)
Niels Henning Oersted-Pedersen (Double Bass)
Martin Drew (Drums)

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