|On the Town with the Oscar Peterson Trio|
|Live album by|
|Recorded||July 1-5 1958|
|Oscar Peterson chronology|
In a retrospective review writing for AllMusic, critic Thom Jurek wrote "No matter how busy he got--and this album illustrates the rule since it's in a live setting--Peterson always, always swung, particularly with Herb Ellis on guitar and Ray Brown on bass... Everything this trio played was rooted in a blues so pervasive, so swinging, so hot, it could not be anything but truly fine jazz... In 1958 this was a night to remember; in the 21st Century it's a disc to memorize in the depths of the heart."All About Jazz wrote of the album "all Peterson records sound pretty similar, but it's difficult to argue with someone so gifted at making piano playing seem so effortless and inviting. Critics argue that this is because Peterson plays it safe, sticking to familiar songs and creating solos from a warehouse of stock riffs, but that misses the point; Peterson wasn't an innovator like Powell or Monk, but more of a stylist who was a master of various techniques in the jazz idiom.".