Genre: Jazz
Label: MPS Records
Format: 33RPM,
Size: 12"


The Oscar Peterson Trio + The Singers Unlimited In Tune 180g LP

Oscar Peterson Trio + The Singers Unlimited

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180g Vinyl Pressing From The Original Master Tape!

Masterful piano playing meets up with elaborate vocal harmony in this legendary MPS summit meeting from the label's early period. Oscar Peterson, along with bassist George Mraz and drummer Louis Hayes act as the counterweights to the vocal architects from Chicago. Peterson himself instigated the first contact between the MPS studio and The Singers Unlimited (TSU). That contact developed into a fruitful decade-long relationship; the Black Forest studio's superb technology perfectly suited the sophisticated requirements of vocal artist and leader Gene Puerling.

Recorded in 1971, In Tune was TSU's first album on MPS. It feeds off the languages of the two musical poles, whether it's in the swinging give and take of the opener, "Sesame Street," or in the switch from the reverential orchestrally-layered choir intro to Peterson's sparkling play on "It Never Entered My Mind." It's the same with the dreamy arrangement of "The Shadow of Your Smile"; in his role as delicate accompanist, Peterson narrows it down to the essentials. Peterson and TSU soprano Bonnie Herman take improvisatory strolls together in the nostalgic Michel Legrand ballad "Once Upon a Summertime." Two Brazilian excursions are highlighted: In Antônio Carlos Jobim's "Children's Game" TSU delivers polysyllabic ornamentation to Peterson's rollicking waltz whimsy; in Luis Bonfá's "The Gentle Rain," Peterson plays around with the amative choral harmonies.


  • 180g Vinyl
  • Audiophile pressing from the original master tape
  • Vocal arrangements by Gene Puerling
  • Gatefold jacket
  • Made in Germany by Optimal Media GmbH


Oscar Peterson piano
George Mraz bass
Louis Hayes drums
Len Dresslar vocals
Bonnie Herman vocals
Gene Puerling vocals
Don Shelton vocals


Side 1:

  1. Sesame Street
  2. It Never Entered My Mind
  3. Children's Game
  4. The Gentle Rain
  5. A Child Is Born

Side 2:

  1. The Shadow Of Your Smile
  2. Catherine
  3. Once Upon A Summertime
  4. Here's That Rainy Day

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