West Side Story by The Oscar Peterson Trio

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West Side Story by The Oscar Peterson Trio
West Side Story by The Oscar Peterson Trio

Album Released: 1962

West Side Story ::: Artwork

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1.Something's Coming3:53
2.Somewhere5:28
3.Jet Song7:40
4.Tonight4:30
5.Maria4:48
6.I Feel Pretty4:23
7.Reprise3:55

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I don't have much of an ear for Jazz, but this I really like. So, given that to say 'I like this' is verging on a unique circumstance when it comes to Jazz and me, I thought it would be an opportunity to think about why I enjoy this album whereas most Jazz just leaves me cold.

And after due consideration, I can assert that it's due to a range of factors that are manifest on this album, factors that meet my expectations about music, which I find to be largely absent from the Jazz idiom as a whole.

Firstly, unlike many Jazz compositions, the tracks here aren't interminably long. The whole album clocks in at a very tidy 35 minutes, and given that the last track "Reprise" is just a rather pointless condensed medley of what preceded it, and as such is entirely dispensable, the album is a mere 30 minutes or so in length.

That's fine - I'd rather have a short album of superior music than lots of filler burying all the good stuff. Such economy ensures too that the self-indulgent flabby meanderings characteristic of much Jazz are of necessity absent.

Next, this album is based on a set of properly-developed compositions from the musical West Side Story, lending it some real musicality - inevitably inherited from the source material. As it happens, I don't especially like West Side Story, but by using it as a 'scaffolding' on which to construct a jazzy interpretation, a sense of the original melodies is retained.

Such 'proper' melodies, even if only the hint of a melody - as is sometimes the case here - is all that's needed to make a huge difference to listener satisfaction. But even feint melodies are something that I find to be largely absent from most Jazz.

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