Mellow Mood

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Mellow Mood
Mellow Mood.jpg
Studio album by Oscar Peterson
Released 1968
Recorded April 1968 at Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer Studio, Villingen, West Germany
Genre Jazz
Length 37:38
Label MPS
Producer Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer
Oscar Peterson chronology
The Way I Really Play
(1968)The Way I Really Play1968
Mellow Mood
Travelin' On
(1968)Travelin' On1968

Mellow Mood is an album by jazz pianist Oscar Peterson and his trio, released in 1968 (see 1968 in music). The session was recorded in Germany at the private studio of Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer and released on the German MPS label.[1] This album was the fifth part of Peterson's Exclusively for My Friends series on MPS. The series was reissued as a box set in 1992 by MPS (and later expanded with The Lost Tapes). A remastered SACD was issued in 2003 on Verve Records.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[3]

Writing for AllMusic, critic Ken Dryden wrote "The fifth volume of Oscar Peterson's Exclusively for My Friends series is another lively trio affair with Sam Jones and Bobby Durham, though the album title Mellow Mood is a bit deceptive."[2]

The Penguin Guide to Jazz includes the album in its selected "Core Collection".[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "In a Mellow Tone" (Duke Ellington, Milt Gabler) – 6:07
  2. "Nica's Dream" (Horace Silver) – 7:56
  3. "On Green Dolphin Street" (Bronislau Kaper, Ned Washington) – 6:27
  4. "Summertime" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward) – 5:30
  5. "Sometimes I'm Happy" (Irving Caesar, Vincent Youmans) – 5:12
  6. "Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)" (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley) – 6:26



  1. ^ MPS was distributed in the UK by Polydor. In the U.S. the album was issued by Pausa Records the same year.
  2. ^ a b Dryden, Ken. "Mellow Mood > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 2, 2015. 
  3. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 161. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  4. ^ Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (9th ed.). New York: Penguin. p. 1153. ISBN 978-0-14-103401-0.