An excellent, long-unavailable concert in Vienna by the Oscar Peterson Trio with Sam Jones, bass, and Bobby Durham, drums - recorded in the Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria.
Oscar Peterson was already a well known figure with nearly 20 years of playing experience and multiple recordings under his belt, by the time of this Vienna concert.
The set includes such iconic numbers as the opening You Look Good to Me, Someday My Prince Will Come and Bill Evans Waltz for Debby, as well as Petersons only known version of Summer Samba.
01. You Look Good To Me (6:36)
02. Lets Fall In Love (4:12)
03. Someday My Prince Will Come (4:40)
04. On A Clear Day (4:34)
05. Waltz For Debby (8:53)
06. Noreens Nocturne (4:39)
07. Never Say Yes (8:06)
08. Summer Samba (5:20)
09. Lil Darlin (7:07)
10. Medley (9:37):
I Concentrate On You
I Got It Bad And That Aint Good
11. The Lamp Is Low (7:44)
Total time: 71:31 min.
Originally issued in 1994 as "The Vienna Concert" (Philology CD 34).
Personnel: Oscar Peterson (p), Sam Jones (b) and Bobby Durham (d).
Recorded in the Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria, on November 9, 1968.
"Originates from a fan's home taping of a European radio broadcast of a concert by the Oscar Peterson Trio in Vienna in 1968. An announcer is briefly heard over the introduction but, other than that, the only flaws occur as the recording level is occasionally overmodulated, resulting in some distortion (but not so much that it is unlistenable). In spite of the sound problems, the pianist is in top form, joined by bassist Sam Jones and drummer Bobby Durham, for a set that relies mainly on some of Peterson's favorite standards ("The Lamp Is Low" and "Someday My Prince Will Come") as well as Neal Hefti's "Little Darlin'," Bill Evans' "Waltz for Debby," and the leader's "Never Say Yes" and "Noreen's Nocturne." Compared to the immense quantity of commercial releases available by Oscar Peterson, especially live albums, this one can't be considered essential, but completists won't be disappointed with the consistently outstanding performances on this 71-minute CD."
Ken Dryden -All Music Guide