Action (Oscar Peterson album)

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Action
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Studio album by Oscar Peterson
Released 1968
Recorded March 1963/April 1964, Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer Studio, Villingen, West Germany
Genre Jazz
Length 41:50
Label MPS
Oscar Peterson chronology
Soul Español
(1966)
Action
(1968)
Girl Talk
(1968)

Action (also released as Easy Walker!) is a 1968 studio album by Oscar Peterson, the first volume of his Exclusively for My Friends series.[1]

Reception[edit]

The Allmusic review by Ken Dryden awarded the album 4 stars writing "Action represents some of Peterson's earliest work for Brunner-Schwer; these sessions were recorded before an invited audience in the studio, with the pianist's working trio of Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen. The group seems extremely relaxed and inspired by the small group of loyal fans, with a brisk waltz treatment of "At Long Last Love" and an extended workout of fellow pianist Billy Taylor's ballad "Easy Walker" starting things off with a flourish. Their approach to "Tin Tin Deo" is remarkably subtle, while Peterson is at his most lyrical during a pair of Gershwin selections, "I've Got a Crush on You" and "A Foggy Day." The influence of Art Tatum is apparent with Peterson's darting runs in "Like Someone in Love.".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "At Long Last Love" (Cole Porter) – 4:56 (Recorded April 24, 1964)
  2. "Easy Walker" (Billy Taylor) – 9:36 (Recorded April 24, 1964)
  3. "Tin Tin Deo" (Gil Fuller, Chano Pozo) – 5:34 (Recorded April 24, 1964)
  4. "I've Got a Crush on You" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 5:15 (Recorded March 27, 1963)
  5. "A Foggy Day" (G. Gershwin, I. Gershwin) – 4:35 (Recorded March 27, 1963)
  6. "Like Someone in Love" (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen) – 11:18 (Recorded March 27, 1963)

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Action at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b Dryden, K. Allmusic Review accessed February 18, 2011
  3. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 161. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.