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What's Up? The Very Tall Band [CD]

Oscar Peterson, Oscar Peterson,ray Brown,milt Jackson Audio CD

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Any new release these days by the renowned jazz pianist Oscar Peterson is an event and it is even more momentous when the recording features the trio of Peterson, Ray Brown and Milt Jackson. Recorded in 1998 at a series of concerts at New York's Blue Note, this CD contains 7 unreleased tracks totalling over 58 minutes of music which were not included on the original release, 'Very Tall Band'. Upon listening to 'What's Up?' it's surprising that such great, swinging performances have been left in the vaults for all these years - it is a terrific hour of music.

Sadly, this is the last recording of this great trio as Milt Jackson (1999) and Ray Brown (2002) have both passed away since these performances. The group is completed by Karriem Riggins on drums. Highlights include "Squatty Roo", "Salt Peanuts", "Limehouse Blues" and "The More I See You".

Recorded live at the Blue Note, New York, 1998

Personnel: Oscar Peterson - (piano), Ray Brown - (bass), Milt Jackson - (vibes), Karriem Riggins - (drums)


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5.0 out of 5 stars 3 Giants of Jazz make a Very Tall Band 11 Jun 2007
By Nick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you like jazz, you will love this. Oscar Peterson, Milt Jackson, and Ray Brown are three of the best ever to play in this genre. They perform great solos and know how to work together to make the music really sing. The drummer on this album (Karriem Riggins) acquits himself very well, too. You get a nice mix: a little bop, some ballads, some blues. Just fabulous!

Get comfortable, pour yourself your favorite libation and just let these gents take you on a relaxing and satisfying journey into Another Time and Space.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's Up?.. This is or should be, on your playlist 11 Feb 2008
By T. Rohlfing - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I think even though these three have been around the block this recording shows they're not over the hill.
There are some good call and response between the two melodic instruments played by Oscar and Milt.
Salt Peanuts is a favorite song of mine and they do a good job at the bop, you'd think Riggins (the drummer) played with Bird or Diz because of his spot on accents and filling in the gaps left open to give the drummer some.
Definitely worth a spin.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just Tall 12 Jun 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Telarc makes questionable judgment calls, as attested by the number of albums on the label that languish on my shelf after a single playing. Indeed, these are arguably the three tallest of the tall on their respective instruments accompanied by a young drummer, Kariem Riggins, who probably swings harder than anyone else his age (check out his work on Ray Brown Trio "Live at Starbucks," one of the last recordings by the powerful bassist, with the precocious Geoff Keezer on piano). But sentiment aside, the results on this second collection of music released from the 1998 Blue Note date are quite tepid, barely representative of these three giants in their glory days. My hope that Riggins and Brown would somehow bail it out didn't quite materialize. Nothing "wrong" with the music: Brown is at the top of his game, Bags close to it, and Oscar is recuperating and playing tasteful figures in his right hand. Moreover, it's a better investment than Telarc's "Tribute to Oscar Peterson," but what's the point? It's an album that should be purchased only by 1. those who were in attendance and wish a recorded souvenir of the experience and/or 2. those who own at least 25 albums of Peterson at full strength.

The best bet these days is the collection of mid to late '60s albums ("Exclusively for My Friends") alternating Ray Brown and Sam Jones and recorded with pristine clarity and raw Bosendorfer power in Germany by Hans-Brunner Schwer for his demanding MPS label. Also, there are bargains to be had with sessions like "Last Call at the Blue Note" (pre-stroke Oscar) and unexpected treasures like "Eddie Lockjaw Davis at Montreux '77," on which the tenor great and power pianist are all but guaranteed to shake the pins loose from your present living quarters. In fact, used copies of the latter two sessions are inexplicably going for 2-3 bucks, which is all I'd expect to get for the Very Tall Band (or Telarc's anemic "Art Blakey Tribute Band" release).
5.0 out of 5 stars This is my second cd of this formation and I think this is the better one. I heard the Limehouse-Blues on accuradio and ... 31 July 2014
By Sigurd Franke - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Really a must-have-cd. This is my second cd of this formation and I think this is the better one. I heard the Limehouse-Blues on accuradio and made "one-click" and now I have another favourite in y collection :-).
0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Too Tall Band CD 7 Jun 2007
By Walter Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Initial shipment was lost in the mail. I mailed that complaint in and the second shipment arrived, brand-new in a day or so later. Very satisfied.
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