Thursday, November 01, 2012

Oscar Peterson & Nelson Riddle
"Oscar Peterson & Nelson Riddle" (Vinyl)

If you can get over the clever titling of this album, you may be shocked to learn that this album is the Oscar Peterson Trio playing with Nelson Riddle orchestral arrangements. (Gaaasp!)

Not necessarily the most barn-burning of jazz recordings, my guess is Mr. Riddle's presence was an attempt to bridge a gap between the true jazz lovers and easy listening hi-fi cocktail partying audiences that knew Riddle from backing Sinatra, et al.

I found a decent copy of an original Verve pressing of this record. Back in the day (1963?) someone paid an entire two dollars for this album.

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