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Romance: The Vocal Styling of Oscar Peterson

Oscar Peterson

℗ 1954 Verve Records MG V 2012

℗ 1990 Polydor Records POCJ 1911

℗ 2013 barin.livejournal.com BR LLK 13628

Oscar Peterson • 1952 • Romance: The Vocal Styling of Oscar Peterson

Over a decade prior to Oscar Peterson's 1965 vocal tribute to Nat King Cole, the pianist recorded a series of vocal numbers (over three sessions between 1952 and 1954) for Verve, accompanied by his regular trio (bassist Ray Brown and either Barney Kessel or Herb Ellis on guitar). Peterson's interpretations of the dozen standards, all ballads, are generally slow. His vocals are warm and friendly, though they lack the variety of an established singer. His emphasis is more on his singing than his piano, which is rather conservative when compared to his instrumental recordings. His swinging treatment of «I Hear Music» is a bit brisker than most of the other tracks, with both the leader and Kessel taking solos.

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