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Oscar Peterson Trio
West Side Story

  (Item #: peterwests_1904_1908) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • A superb copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish
  • Rich, solid bass; you-are-there immediacy; sound that's just jumping out of the speakers, this copy had the sound we were looking for
  • Which wouldn't mean much if the music wasn't swingin,' but it is - this could very well be the best record Oscar Peterson ever made
  • Credit engineer Bob Simpson, the man behind the legendary Belafonte at Carnegie Hall recording from a couple of years before
  • An absolute Must Own - for sound and music this is our pick for The Best Oscar Peterson album of All Time
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Super Hot Stamper

Ella Fitzgerald
The Duke Ellington Songbook, Vol. 2

  (Item #: fitzgsings_the_duke_1903_6_10) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on all four sides!
  • Forget the originals - like so many of the early songbook pressings, they suffer from painfully hard and honky mastering EQ (and gritty sounding vinyl)
  • We know whereof we speak when it comes to early Ella records - we've played plenty of them and found that most just don't sound very good
  • "Duke's spectacular catalog dazzles, and his sprightly, lush textures are transfigured under Fitzgerald's warm-timbred voice and elegant, precise delivery... each tune as familiar as it is delightful to hear in this new context."
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Oscar Peterson
The Trio

  (Item #: petertrio_1812_1904_1908) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This you-are-there live jazz classic on the rare early Strobe label earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • The piano sounds wonderfully full-bodied, warm, rich, and smooth - like a real piano, not a recorded one
  • Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen are The Trio, recorded here in 1961 at the height of their formidable powers
  • Peterson "...sticks to standards on this live [album] (a good example of the Trio's playing), 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.'"
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Super Hot Stamper

Peterson / Riddle
Oscar Peterson & Nelson Riddle

  (Item #: peteroscar_1905) 

Our Price: $119.99
Sale Price: $99.00 (You save $20.99 / 17%)


  • Peterson and Riddle's 1963 collaboration arrives on the site with excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • With a lively and present piano, and a smooth, full sounding orchestra, this is just the right sound for this music
  • "From the opening flutes to the last flush of piano and orchestra, this is smooth-swinging jazz par excellence."
  • 4 stars: "... a quietly strong, rich, fully evocative set of great tracks that emphasize the undercurrent rather than the overflow of emotions."
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Oscar Peterson
Plays The Jimmy McHugh Song Book

  (Item #: peterplays_jimmy_1902_4_10) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This superb Oscar Peterson album boasts a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) side one and an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side two - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The piano has heft, the drums are big, and everything is relaxed and natural - this copy is doing pretty much what we want a top quality '50s Peterson album to do
  • Songs you know well - I'm In The Mood For Love; On The Sunny Side Of The Street; I Can't Give You Anything But Love, etc.
  • The last in the "Oscar Peterson Plays" series - Oscar puts his sublime touches to these timeless Jimmy McHugh classics
  • "[Peterson's] sound was consistently classy and first rate here, as it was for his entire career... impeccable taste and technique and the best songs out there..."
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Count Basie & Oscar Peterson
Yessir, That’s My Baby

  (Item #: basieyessi_1907) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Both sides of this wonderful Basie/Peterson record boast outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Jazz records don't get a whole lot bigger, clearer or more full-bodied - man, this is the glorious sound of ANALOG
  • "The two pianists (backed by bassist John Heard and drummer Louis Bellson) play five standards and three blues with predictable swing, finding much more in common with each other than one might have originally suspected."
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Oscar Peterson Trio w/ Milt Jackson
Very Tall

  (Item #: peterveryt_1908) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy which earned Double Plus (A++) grades or close to them on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • There's plenty of rich, Tubey Magic from 1962 to be found on this vintage stereo pressing
  • If you made the mistake of buying the atrocious Anadisq pressing MoFi put out in the '90s, here is your chance to hear what a wonderful recording Val Valentin cooked up with these cats in their prime
  • 4 stars: "This first matchup on records between pianist Oscar Peterson and vibraphonist Milt Jackson was so logical that it is surprising it did not occur five years earlier... this first effort is a particularly strong set."
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Oscar Peterson
Put On A Happy Face

  (Item #: peterputon_1902_1904_1908) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • On a live jazz club recording such as this, the transparency of this killer analog pressing has the power to transport you to the front row of a small jazz club circa 1962 - what a thrill!
  • Peterson's live album from 1962 was recorded at the London House jazz club in Chicago and features Ray Brown on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums
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White Hot Stamper

Count Basie & Oscar Peterson
Yessir, That’s My Baby

  (Item #: basieyessi_1902_5_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Both sides of this wonderful Basie/Peterson record are out of this world: Triple Plus (A+++) on the first side, Double Plus (A++) on the second - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Jazz records don't get a whole lot bigger, clearer or more full-bodied. Man, that is the glorious sound of ANALOG!
  • Guaranteed to blow the doors off any Heavy Vinyl pressing AP will ever do, at any speed, and of course any pressing by Pablo
  • "The two pianists (backed by bassist John Heard and drummer Louis Bellson) play five standards and three blues with predictable swing, finding much more in common with each other than one might have originally suspected."
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Count Basie Meets Oscar Peterson
The Timekeepers

  (Item #: basietimek_1709_1904_1908) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish, this copy was one of the best we heard in our most recent shootout
  • Basie and Peterson recorded five albums together, and this may very well be the best of the bunch, though I have yet to hear one that I didn't enjoy the hell out of
  • Wonderful engineering from the legendary Val Valentin, the man behind some of the best sounding jazz records of all time
  • "... this quartet date features the two pianos of Oscar Peterson and Count Basie collaborating and interacting on swing standards and blues. Any of their five albums together are worth acquiring."
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The Oscar Peterson Trio
The Trio

  (Item #: petertrio_pablo_1908) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides of this vintage Pablo LP
  • The size, the weight, the solidity, the clarity, the energy, the rhythmic drive - it's all here and more
  • 5 stars: "Guitarist Joe Pass and bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen both play well on these live performances, but the reason to acquire this set is for the remarkable Oscar Peterson. Peterson really flourished during his years with Norman Granz's Pablo label, and this was one of his finest recordings of the period."
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White Hot Stamper

Oscar Peterson
Put On A Happy Face

  (Item #: peterputon_1902_) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • Stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish - the first copy to ever hit the site
  • On a live jazz club recording such as this, the transparency of this killer analog pressing has the power to transport you to the front row of a small jazz club circa 1962 - what a thrill!
  • Peterson's live album from 1962 was recorded at the London House jazz club in Chicago and features Ray Brown on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums
  • Not the quietest copy we've ever heard, so we're keeping the price way, way down - if you can put up with some surface issues you are going to get a killer live jazz piano album at a "bargain" price
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Benny Carter - Meets Oscar Peterson

Reviewed in 2007

  (Item #: cartemeets_2007) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

This Minty looking Pablo Promo LP, engineered by Allen Sides, is one of the TOP PABLO titles for both sound and music. Top Recommendation.

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Coleman Hawkins / Ben Webster - Encounters

Classic Records Reviewed

  (Item #: hawkiencou_classic_records) 



Sonic Grade: B

Probably a fairly good Classic Records jazz album. Years ago we wrote:

"A top top jazz title! This is one of our favorite Classic Records LPs from the old days when we were selling Heavy Vinyl. We haven't played this record in a long time but we liked it very much when it was in print in the '90s."

We can't be sure that we would still feel the same way. My guess is that this is still a fairly good record if you can get one for the 30 bucks we used to charge.

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Count Basie & Oscar Peterson - The Timekeepers

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: basietimek_2012) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

Hot Stamper sound on both sides of this Pablo original pressing of the Two Masters in a small group setting. Basie and Peterson recorded five albums together, and this may very well be the best of the bunch, though I have yet to hear one that I didn't enjoy. I wrote a rave review about this title when I first heard it more than ten years ago. If you like small group piano jazz -- here we're talking two pianists accompanied by Louie Bellson on drums and John Heard on bass -- this should be right up your alley.

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Count Basie & Oscar Peterson - The Timekeepers

Analogue Productions Doubted

  (Item #: basietimek_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: Probably Bad, But Who Knows?

Analogue Productions remastered this longtime favorite of ours, The Timekeepers, on 45 RPM vinyl. Considering their dismal track record -- an unbroken string of failures, scoring not a single winner with which I am familiar -- I'm guessing the Hot Stamper we offered here would have blown the doors off their version as well as any other Basie album they will ever do on vinyl.

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Count Basie & Oscar Peterson - Yessir, That’s My Baby

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: basieyessi_2012) 



Side two of this wonderful Basie Peterson record has nearly White Hot Stamper Demo Disc sound -- jazz records don't get a whole lot bigger, clearer or more full-bodied. Man, that is the sound of glorious ANALOG. A++ to A+++ is our conservative grade. It might be worth the full Three Pluses but we just can't find enough copies to know if this side could get any better. There is not a single critical comment of any kind in the notes, so that ought to tell you that you are in for a real sonic treat with this side two.
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Oscar Peterson - A Tribute To My Friends

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: petertribu) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

This is one of the best Peterson records. It got rave reviews in the old catalog when we actually had sealed copies to sell. Those days are long gone.

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Oscar Peterson - If You Could See Me Now

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: peterifyou_2012) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

This is a SUPERB set from Oscar Peterson's sometimes underwhelming Pablo period. This one is from 1983 and includes the estimable Joe Pass on guitar. Side one has the kind of sound one associates with late-'70s jazz, jazz that often seems to be recorded in dead studios. Side two sounds much better somehow -- more clear, present and lively. The liner notes tell us it's the same studio, even the same day, but there is simply no mistaking the better sound quality. Such are the vagaries of the vinyl record. if you're in the market for a top quality Oscar Peterson piano trio recording (with bonus guitar), this side two should be just the ticket.

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Oscar Peterson - Peterson + Harry Edison + Eddie Cleanhead Vinson

Reviewed in 2005

  (Item #: peterpeter_2005) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

This is a long out of print Pablo LP with AMAZING sound and music. It's one of those superb Allan Sides engineered recordings at Ocean Way, like Basie 88 Street. Demo disc quality sound is the result! With players like these, the music is every bit as good as any jazz record I know of. In other words, I really like this album.

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Oscar Peterson - We Get Requests

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: peterweget_2017) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

This is the way it must have sounded inside the RCA Studios in New York way back in 1964, not the club shown on the cover. The legendary RCA engineer BOB SIMPSON was behind the board.

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Oscar Peterson Trio - The Trio - Live From Chicago

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: petertrio_2009) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

Boy, these original Strobe Label (and T label) Verve pressings are sure all over the map. If there’s one jazz label that gets an F for consistency, it’s Verve. And they typically get an F (or at best a D) for mastering as well, since good sounding Verve pressings are few and far between. I guess that should not come as much of a surprise to many of our long time customers, but to hear how bad some of these pressings are mastered is nevertheless pretty shocking. One of the Strobe label copies we played had such a boosted top end it was positively distorted. (The RIAA curve does not allow that kind of top end boost without causing serious problems.)

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Oscar Peterson Trio - The Trio - Live From Chicago

Our Shootout Winner from 2018

  (Item #: petertrio_2018) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

Peterson really puts on a great show. He's made an awful lot of records during his career and most of them aren't especially noteworthy. This album is clearly an exception to that rule. ("If You Could See Me Now" is another one.)

This pressing was a huge step up from the other copies we played in our recent shootout. This copy has the immediacy that puts you front and center at The London House for a great jazz show. Ray Brown is incredible on the bass here.

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Oscar Peterson Trio - The Trio - Live From Chicago

What to Listen For

  (Item #: petertrio_wtlf) 



What to Listen For? you ask?

Some copies are poorly mastered, so poorly that Ray Brown's bass all but disappears from the trio! Other copies made Thigpen's snare sound hard and too forward in the mix. This is obviously just a mastering EQ problem, since the good copies, such as this one, get all those elements to balance beautifully.

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Oscar Peterson Trio - We Get Requests

Speakers Corner Debunked

  (Item #: peterweget_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: F

More vinyl dreck from Speakers Corner and a Hall of Shame pressing if there ever was one. Awful sound. Worse than the CD.

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Oscar Peterson Trio - West Side Story

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: peterwests_2015) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

I've known this was a very well recorded album since I first heard the DCC gold CD back in the '90s.

It sounded great to me at the time -- I had nothing to compare it to -- but it sure didn't sound like this! This album is clearly one of the best jazz piano recordings I've ever played. In its own way it's every bit as good as that other landmark recording, The Three, from 1975.

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Sonny Stitt - Sits in With The Oscar Peterson Trio

Reviewed in 2008

  (Item #: stittsitsw_2008) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame from 1959.

This is an original Verve Black Label LP with NEAR DEMO DISC SOUND! Stitt is amazing on this album!

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Terry, Hubbard, Gillespie, & Peterson - The Alternate Blues

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: terryalter_2013) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

With Hot Stamper sound on both sides, this Pablo disc shows you what three of the greatest trumpeters of the last fifty years can do given the opportunity, nay, the encouragement, to let loose on a handful of classic slow blues jams. Many of the tracks here run in excess of eight minutes, giving the players plenty of space to explore, yet practically all of them are taken at a fairly slow pace, what used to be called a "slow drag", making them that much more involving and emotional. These are not your classic "blowing sessions" where the players try to outdo each other. No, this is something quite different.

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The Recordings of Oscar Peterson

These Four Didn't Make the Grade

  (Item #: peterson_oscar_2) 



These are just some of the recordings by Oscar Peterson that we've auditioned recently and found wanting. Without going into specifics we'll just say these albums suffer from poor performances, poor sound, or both, and therefore do not deserve a place in your collection, and may even belong in our Hall of Shame.

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The Recordings of Oscar Peterson

These Four Didn't Make the Grade

  (Item #: peterson_oscar) 



These are just some of the recordings by Oscar Peterson that we've auditioned recently and found wanting. Without going into specifics we'll just say these albums suffer from poor performances, poor sound, or both, and therefore do not deserve a place in your collection, and may even belong in our Hall of Shame.

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