|1. Happy-Go-Lucky Local (AKA 'Night Train')|
|2. C-Jam Blues|
|3. Georgia On My Mind|
|4. Bags' Groove|
|5. Moten Swing|
|6. Easy Does It|
|7. The Honeydripper|
|8. Things Ain't What They Used To Be|
|9. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)|
|10. Band Call|
|11. Hymn To Freedom|
|12. Happy-Go-Lucky Local (AKA 'Night Train') (Alternate Take)|
|14. My Heart Belongs To Daddy|
|15. Moten Swing (Rehearsal Take)|
|16. Now's The Time|
|17. This Could Be The Start Of Something|
This album is wonderfully appealing and, could be a great place to start with Oscar if you aren't yet acquainted with his music.
I love every track [but only have the original CD], and appreciate the variety on the recording, from C Jam Blueswith its distinctive percussion and piano and double bass solos, to slow ballads like Hymn To Freedom and Things Ain't What They Used To Be through rollicking songs like Night Train and Moten Swing.
Another terrific album is Tracks, which is one of few solo recordings.
Even if you aren't a jazz fan (or if you are looking to get into jazz) you should enjoy this. It's hard not to. It really swings. I would defy anybody not to be tapping along pretty much the minute "Happy Go Lucky Local" kicks in. The whe whole album has a great bluesy feel to it. You also get a number of extra tracks on the end of the album, none of which are up to the standards of the original cuts (which themselves set a very high standard to live up to) but which are interesting and add value to the package. It's also an excellent showcase for Peterson's piano-bass-drum trio, with Ed Thigpen on drums replacing Herb Ellis's guitar.
This is a classic jazz album in its own right. It's also a great jazz album for people who don't like jazz. Just get it.
For all you jazz players, this is where to get blues licks. If I had to recommend just one album to listen to to improve your blues and swing playing, it would be this. Anyways, if you're a serious player, you probably either have this or have heard it before, so this is unnecessary.
One correction to Andy Williamson's previous review: this is definitely not bebop. It is swing to the core.