Any jazz fan will have been frozen in anxiety more than a few hundred times when asked by well-meaning friends "what is a good jazz album to get into?". This 1959 album by the ridiculously-talented Oscar Peterson is one of our go-to answers; a session that manages to straddle the many lines between complex and listenable, virtuosic and straight-forward. It works as a dinner party soundtrack, but you could also play it later that night after everyone leaves and you finish the whiskey by yourself. In essence, it rules, and we cannot listen to it or recommend it enough.
New/sealed on Verve's Back to Black reissue series. 180gm vinyl.