A pair of Oscar Peterson sessions for MPS – volumes 3 and 5 of the For My Friends series! First up is volume 5, Mellow Mood. The great jazz pianist Oscar Peterson shined so brightly in the late 60s era, found such a loose, beautiful outlet for his more relaxed, but still quite driving late night magic at MPS with producer Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer – none if more amazing than this 1968 trio session with Sam Jones languid, thumping bass and Bob Durham backend on the drums. It was cut in Brunner-Schwer's home, and the whole thing is such a beautiful counterpoint to the rollicking swing and bop sides Peterson cut on so many records for Verve. Includes "In A Mellotone", "Nica's Dream", "Green Dolphin Street", "Sax No End", "EMily" and "Who Can I Turn To". Next is Vol 3, The Way I Really Play – a well-titled set, in that it's got Oscar's piano in a fairly loose, soulfully relaxed setting with Sam Jones on bass and Bob Durham on drums. The album was recorded by MPS wizard Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer in his own home – and it's an excellent example of the label's scene at its most relaxed mode. Tracks are longish, but never too self-indulgently so – and titles include "Waltzing Is Hip", "Satin Doll", "Love Is Here To Stay", "Sandy's Blues", "Alice In Wonderland", and "Noreen's Nocturne". (US pressing. Cover has wear, a spot of old tape on the spine with a small rip, a cutout hole and a small sticker.) © 1996-2014, Dusty Groove, Inc.