Wednesday, February 8, 2017
In A Romantic Mood - Oscar Peterson
Oscar Peterson With Strings
With Orchestra Conducted by Russ Garcia
Cover Photo by Alex de Paola
Verve Records MGV-2002
Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample.
Excellent early lush strings conceptual mood product.
From the back cover: Peterson was born in Montreal, Canada, not much over 30 years ago. At five, he started out as a robust little trumpeter. But he was struck, at seven, with tuberculosis and spent a year in the hospital. At this point, he turned from the trumpet, with its heavy physical demands, to the piano and made astonishing progress. He became a professional pianist at 14, playing on a Montreal radio station. Later, after touring Canada with a band, he formed his own highly successful trio in Montreal. By now his fame was spreading rapidly, spilling over into the States.
From Billboard - May 19, 1956: Here's an off-beat Peterson package, spotlighting the talented jazz pianist for the first time against a background of lush, sweet strings provided by arranger-conductor Russ Garcia. It's an interesting blend, with pop as well as jazz potential and should be of particular use to deejays in search of romantic mood music programming with superior flavor. Peterson's swingy, tasteful piantistics are brilliantly showcased on such level standards as "Laura," " I Only Have Eyes For You," "Tenderly," and "A Sunday Kind Of Love." Eye-catching cover.
Stars Fell On Alabama
The Boy Next Door
I Thought About You
I Only Have Eyes For You
Stella By Starlight
A Sunday Kind Of Love
It Could Happen To You