Oscar Peterson: Night Train

To these ears, this version of “Happy-Go-Lucky Local” – or “Night Train,” whatever you want to call it – is the finest thing Oscar Peterson ever immortalized on vinyl. The midtempo boogie is a dream of a jazz trio performance. It swings, it’s got a great melody, and the musicians play with understated elegance. Peterson wrests some heartfelt blues expressions out of the piano, and his glissandos make you want to shout. Ray Brown – the consummate sideman – walks the bass up and down, while Ed Thigpen swings lightly on the drums. The interplay is seamless; these guys play like one brain controlling six arms. Go ahead and try to find a smoother ride from a trio than “Night Train.”

October 25, 2007 · 0 comments


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