CD album reissue of the original recording published in 1966 by the Canadian jazz pianist and composer Oscar Peterson (Montreal, 1925-2007). Peterson was called the "Maharaja of the keyboard" and went on to win eight Grammy awards during his career. In this album he added to his usual trio, with bassist Sam Jones and drummer Louis Hayes, a superb Latin rhythm section, including Marshall Thompson, Harold Jones and Henley Gibson. The title is really misleading. This music is not Spanish, but Brazilian soul.
Oscar Peterson has stated that he feels his MPS recordings are his finest. That is quite a statement considering the huge amount of records that the pianist has produced through the past 50 years. This set reissues the music from six of his MPS LPs: Action, Girl Talk, The Way I Really Play, My Favorite Instrument, Mellow Mood, and Travelin' On. While some of the performances feature the 1963 trio he had with bassist Ray Brown and drummer Ed Thigpen, most of the music dates from 1967-1968 and matches Peterson with bassist Sam Jones and either Louis Hayes or Bobby Durham on drums. A special treat is Peterson's first unaccompanied solo album, which fills up the final LP. Peterson's many fans know what to expect in this set, while other listeners need to discover him to realize what all of the fuss was about. Quite simply, Oscar Peterson has long been one of the greatest pianists the world has ever known; this reissue offers plenty of proof.