Oscar Petersons relationship with Ray Brown had begun in 1949, when both performed together at Carnegie Hall during one of Norman Granzs Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts. From 1950 to 1952, Granz would often record the two musicians in a duo format, or even in trio, with Barney Kessel or Irving Ashby on guitar. From then on both would play and record in many formats, under Petersons name, multiple JATP concerts or backing such stars as Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald (who was Browns wife), Lester Young or Ben Webster, to name just a few.
This release presents a rarely heard concert by Oscar Peterson in Ljubljana, Yugoslavia. Brilliantly recorded, it is a perfect example of the interaction and mutual understanding of the Peterson - Brown - Thigpen unit, which would break apart in mid-1965.
As a bonus, a London performance by the same unit taken from the soundtrack of a TV show.
01. Satin Doll
02. Fly Me To The Moon
03. Reunion Blues
05. The Lamp Is Low
07. Con Alma
08. Band Call
09. Like Someone In Love
10. Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise
11. Waltz For Debby
Total time: 78:16 min.
02. I Remember Clifford
03. Blues Of The Prairies
04. Hymn To Freedom
06. Yours Is My Heart Alone (Incomplete)
07. Hallelujah Time (*) Bonus Track
08. Con Alma (*) Bonus Track
09. Waltz For Debby (*) Bonus Track
10. Cubano Chant (*) Bonus Track
11. Yours Is My Heart Alone (*) Bonus Track
12. Place St. Henri (*) Bonus Track
13. My One And Only Love (*) Bonus Track
14. Nightingale (*) Bonus Track
15. Reunion Blues (*) Bonus Track
Total time: 77:05 min.
Personnel: Oscar Peterson (p), Ray Brown (b) and Ed Thigpen (d).
Recorded live in Ljubljana, Yugoslavia, on July 29, 1964.
The bonus tracks on CD 2, recorded in London, England, on October 1, 1964.
Part of this recordings were previously issued as Oscar Peterson's "Live And At It's Very Best" (Point #2620532)