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In A Mellow Mood (Exclusively For My Friends Vol 5 – Mellow Mood/Vol 3 – Way I Really Play)

LP (Item 591679) MPS, 1968 — Condition: Very Good+
2LP

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".  © 1996-2020, Dusty Groove, Inc.
(US pressing. Cover has light wear.)

Very Good + (plus)

  • Vinyl should be very clean, but can have less luster than near mint.
  • Should still shine under a light, but one or two marks may show up when tilted.
  • Can have a few small marks that may show up easily, but which do not affect play at all. Most marks of this quality will disappear when the record is tilted, and will not be felt with the back of a fingernail.
  • This is the kind of record that will play "near mint", but which will have some signs of use (although not major ones).
  • May have slight surface noise when played.

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