From 2015. Eight CDs housed in a stout box with a chunky 60-page booklet completing the effect the set includes all Peterson’s recordings for the German MPS label and adds a spread of unreleased out-takes.
This latter factor is the set’s chief interest certainly for collectors augmenting the original release already a prize possession.
Everything’s remastered. Action features Peterson with Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen while the second volume Girl Talk used two bassists on different tracks, Brown and Sam Jones, with again two drummers involved, in this case Bob Durham and Louis Hayes. The Way I Really Play reverts back to trio with Sam Jones and Dob Durham joining OP (as they do on Mellow Mood and Travellin’ On) while My Favourite Instrument is solo piano. The Lost Tapes themselves are a mix of line-ups but while mainly trios there are also solo takes of such well loved standards as ‘Autumn Leaves’ and ‘Misty’.
Tremendously swinging, recorded by label head Han Georg Brunner-Schwer in his living room home studio in great intimate detail Peterson remains an enduring inspiration for a host of mainstream players the world over. And this set will fan the flame of his enduring fascination and influence even more. Reissued with a lot of love and attention to detail.