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The first time someone played me a recording of the Oscar Peterson Trio, the thing I noticed, of course, was the guitar player - which happened to be Joe Pass. Pass and Peterson went on to make about a jillion records together for Norman Granz’ Pablo label, but that was much later in Pass’ career.
For the most part, the classic early Peterson trio records all featured Herb Ellis, which was certainly not a drag either. But my favorite Oscar Peterson playing is on a pair of LPs he made with the toweringly great tenor saxophonist Ben Webster, often reissued on Verve as a set titled Soulville (and with Ellis on half the tracks).
I love all the tunes on these albums, but there are a pair of blues which feature both Peterson and Webster grooving away at their most relaxed and inventive, and these two cuts - "Soulville" and "Late Date" - are alone worth the price of admission. Although if you stick around to check out their version of Harold Arlen’s "Ill Wind," you won’t be sorry.