Plays the Irving Berlin Song Book
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INCLUDES 4 BONUS TRACKS
These massive songbook sessions weren’t Peterson’s (or Granz’s) first forays into this territory. In fact, the pianist had already made extensive recordings of several composers during the period of 1952 to 1954, when his regular group consisted of Ray Brown on bass and Barney Kessel (later Herb Ellis) on guitar. During another set of marathon sessions that took place in November and December 1952, they waxed numerous compositions by the Gershwin brothers, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, and Irving Berlin (the exact dates are unknown but many discographies claim that all of the Porter titles were taped on November 25, while the others were supposedly made between November 1 and December 4, 1952). Some of the Irving Berlin songs that were taped on that occasion but not recorded again in 1959 have been added here as a bonus.
OSCAR PETERSON, piano
RAY BROWN, bass
ED THIGPEN, drums
Chicago, July 21 & August 1, 1959.
(*) BONUS TRACKS (A7-A8 & B7-B8):
Same personnel except BARNEY KESSEL (g) replaces Thigpen.
Los Angeles, early December 1952.
01 I’VE GOT MY LOVE TO KEEP ME WARM
02 SUPPER TIME
03 I’M PUTTING ALL MY EGGS IN ONE BASKET
04 CHANGE PARTNERS
05 THE SONG IS ENDED
06 HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN?
07 BLUE SKIES (*)
08 ALWAYS (*)
01 CHEEK TO CHEEK
02 I USED TO BE COLOR BLIND
03 YOU’RE LAUGHING AT ME
04 ISN’T THIS A LOVELY DAY?
05 TOP HAT, WHITE TIE AND TAILS
07 ALEXANDER’S RAGTIME BAND (*)
08 SAY IT ISN’T SO (*)