My heart rate has finally returned to normal and I’ve replaced all those calories I sweated off earlier with an Italian Sandwich that would make most mammina‘s weep for joy. So while I’m winding down the day here in Corporate Hell, I’m sliding into Jazz Boner mode with this ‘The Trio’ album featuring Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen.
‘The Trio’ is essentially a 1961 live album by the Oscar Peterson Trio, recorded at the famous London House jazz club in Chicago.
While some jazz aficionado’s might claim that the Oscar Peterson Trio with bassist Ray Brown and drummer Ed Thigpen lacked the competitiveness of his earlier group with Brown and guitarist Herb Ellis, and the later daring of his solo performances, I say: “pfft!” Anyway you slice it, the pianist was generally in peak form during this era so, really, you can’t go wrong either way.
Here he sticks to standards stretching out ‘Sometimes I’m Happy‘ creatively for over 11 minutes and uplifting such songs as ‘In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning‘, ‘Chicago‘ and ‘The Night We Called It a Day‘. Few surprises occur, but Peterson plays at such a consistently high level that, well, who gives a shit?
There are a couple marks on the record itself but that’s almost to be expected with an album that has been loved as much as this one certainly has (I actually rescued this album from a friends garage moments before her parents tossed it to the curb). And, hey, in some cases those minor little snap, crackle and pops actually enhance the whole listening experience and this is definitely the case with this album.
Me likey anyway.
Oh, and strangely enough, Oscar Peterson makes a pretty decent accompaniment for the Olympic trampoline event I currently have on mute in the background; while Canada’s Rosie MacLennan bounces her way to the gold medal.