The Oscar Peterson Trio - Exclusively for My Friends - The Lost Tapes

The Oscar Peterson Trio - Exclusively for My Friends - The Lost Tapes

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Oscar Peterson - piano [click here to see more vinyl featuring Oscar Peterson]

Ray Brown, Sam Jones - bass

Ed Thigpen, Bobby Durham - drums

Written by Michel Legrand (A5)   [click here to see more vinyl by Michel Legrand]

Written by Oscar Peterson (A3, B5), Steve Allen (A1), Ray Brown (A1), Julian Robledo (A2), Dorothy Terriss (A2), Walter Gross (A4),  Jack Lawrence (A4), Jacques Demy (A5), Norman Gimbel (A5), Harold Arlen (A6), Ted Koehler (A6), Lee Adams (B1), Charles Strouse (B1), Ned Washington (B2), Victor Young (B2), Bobby Timmons (B3), Doc Pomus (B4), Mort Shuman (B4), Lorenz Hart (B6), Richard Rodgers (B6)


1 LP, standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : Pallas

Label : Speakers Corner

Original Label :  MPS

Recording: May 1965, November 1967 and October 1968 at H.G. Brunner-Schwer’s private studio’s in Villingen/ Germany by H.-G. Brunner-Schwer

Production: H.-G. Brunner-Schwer

Originally released in 1995

Reissued in 1997


Tracks :

Side A :

  1. Gravy Waltz
  2. Three O'Clock in the Morning
  3. Squeaky's Blues
  4. Tenderly
  5. I Will Wait for You
  6. Let's Fall in Love

Side B :

  1. Put on a Happy Face
  2. Stella by Starlight
  3. Moanin'
  4. Never Say Yes
  5. It's Impossible
  6. My Romance


Reviews :

Tears of sorrow mingled with tears of joy as Oscar Peterson fans realized that the keyboard genius who had just recovered his health was still capable of amazing them all, although he had obviously forfeited some of his past vitality. This may well have induced MPS – the label with whom Oscar Petersen himself claimed to have made his best recordings – to search their archives for lost tapes from Peterson’s heydey. And lo and behold, a number of previously unreleased recordings were discovered which had been taped “exclusively for my friends” in the private studio in Villingen in 1965-1968.

The electric atmosphere of these live sessions before a mere handful of listeners proves once again just how at home the musicians felt in the Black Forest villa – as is borne out by the fact that Peterson’s usual trio formation alternated with his stand-in musicians of Sam Jones on the bass and Bobby Durham on the drums.

And now, exclusively for all jazz fans, these amazing tracks are available for the very first time on an LP filled with glorious sound. Whether long-time collector or jazz newcomer, one thing is certain: this album belongs in every collection!



Discogs 4,00 / 5   ,  Rate Your Music  4,08 / 5

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