A beautiful meeting of two mid-century musical talents – the piano of Oscar Peterson
and the arrangements of Nelson Riddle
– a surprisingly wonderful pairing, heard here on a rare set for Verve! Peterson
never recorded with strings nearly as much as he did with a trio, but almost all of his dates in the format are wonderful – and this album may well be one of the best! Riddle
's nicely restrained here – using that new sense of space he was finding in the 60s, and moving a bit away from more sentimental modes of the 50s, into some laidback jazzy charts that are really great. Peterson
's piano steps through the arrangements wonderfully – never trying to dominate, and instead really going with the flow that Riddle
provides. There's a mature sound to this record that really points the way towards some of the later Verve and CTI orchestrations of the 60s – proof that Riddle
could have a huge influence on styles to come – and titles include "Judy", "My Ship", "Nightingale", "A Sleeping Bee", "Goodbye", "Portrait Of Jenny", "Come Sunday", "Round Midnight", and "My Foolish Heart".