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Very Tall - Oscar Peterson Trio with Milt Jackson [VINYL]

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  • Vinyl (30 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jazz Wax
  • ASIN: B0084GORH4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Very Tall marked the first recorded collaboration between Oscar Peterson and Milt Jackson. The two musicians were both highly regarded and successful jazz figures by 1961. Peterson had recorded innumerable albums with his own trio and backing such stars as Louis Armstrong, Lester Young, Ben Webster and Billie Holiday, to name just a few. Jackson had played with most of the great names in modern jazz and had been a founder of the Modern Jazz Quartet. Very Tall features Jackson as an added member of the legendary Peterson Trio with Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen. After Very Tall, Peterson and Jackson wouldn t record together again for ten years. They rejoined forces in Villingen, Germany in July 1971, where they made another quartet album, titled Reunion Blues. The album featured the rhythm section of the Oscar Peterson Trio of that period, which included Ray Brown again on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums. The pianist and vibraphonist would continue to play together, mostly in live settings, and various albums appeared taken from such performances. Their final collaboration dates back to a November 1998 quartet performance, with Ray Brown on bass, and Karriem Riggins on drums, taped at the Blue Note in New York. Milt Jackson died shortly after on October 9, 1999 at the age of 76. Musically active until the end, Peterson would pass away on December 23, 2007, at the age of 82. Milt Jackson s original 1957 version of Heartstrings has been added here as a bonus.

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Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD a few weeks ago and it has scarcely left the turntable of my player. There is nothing exceptional about the tunes or arrangements - they are all standard jazz fare, but the playing of all the musicians is simply top notch. Every solo is packed with flowing ideas and you can feel the form of the solo, where it is going to, rather than a static series of licks joined together. I don't know the circumstances of this recording but it sounds as if the four musicians stopped off in a studio on the way to a gig and just had a good time, it was probably more planned than that. The sound quality is also excellent.
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By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Feb. 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is a Jazz album that everyone should have in their collection. The Oscar Peterson Trio is joined Milt Jackson and what a beautiful album they create together.

Recorded in 1961 the album starts with On Green Dolphin Street. This is mellow and laid back for a while and then changes gear to swing. Perhaps the most noticeable thing about this track is Peterson's very restrained and delicate Piano solo. Even when the solo reaches the swing section there aren't the torrents of notes that you might expect. This is Oscar Peterson showing a different facet to his great talent.

Of course part of the reason for Petersons restraint on the first track maybe because a couple of the other tracks are absolute barnstormers. In particular Work Song and Reunion Blues swing like hell. Milt Jackson plays with a fire that, to me, was sometimes missing from his work with the MJQ. Listen on these tracks for Ed Thigpens great drumming. He really hits some great accents when you really don't expect them - and they work! Combine his work with the relentless Ray Browns bass and you have a swinging backdrop that could make much lesser musicians sound good.

Sadly only Oscar Peterson survives from this marvellous quartet at the time of writing. This disc captures them all at the height of their abilities and is an essential purchase.
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This really has to be five stars, doesn't it? Just look who's on it! This was recorded in 1961 and marked the first time Peterson and Jackson recorded together. It was the start of a number of recordings by Norman Granz bringing together various members of this group often with other compatibles such as Joe Pass, although the two leaders didn't do so for ten years or so. Peterson had often (quite wrongly in my view) been criticised as a mechanical player, producing overly technical displays with an ersatz blues feeling. This was one of the significant points in his career that led to him being recognised as one of the giants of the piano. Milt Jackson and Ray Brown had long been recognised as maybe the giants on their respective instruments and Ed Thigpen, a drummer who never really received the recognition he should have done individually, formed with Ray Brown a superlative rhythm section. All here are on top form.
The original disc had six numbers, all by the quartet. This has three bonus tracks, two by the Peterson trio and one by an earlier Jackson group. Of the quartet numbers, 'Work Song' and 'Reunion Blues' are driving, swinging pieces, and 'John Brown's Body', although starting quietly, builds to a powerful climax. 'Heartstrings' and 'A Wonderful Guy' are both quieter melodic numbers, the former in particular being a very attractive ballad. 'On Green Dolphin Street', a subtle melody, receives a restrained and entirely apposite treatment.
Of the three bonus tracks two are live versions by the Peterson trio of 'On Green Dolphin Street, both from different sessions in 1961, both sufficiently different from each other and both forming a contrast to the quartet version. 'Heartstrings' is a 1957 track led by Milt with a few horns and featuring a lengthy solo by him, very good but showing how much his sound had changed in the intervening four years.
Definitely one to get!
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By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Feb. 2007
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This is a Jazz album that everyone should have in their collection. The Oscar Peterson Trio is joined Milt Jackson and what a beautiful album they create together.

Recorded in 1961 the album starts with On Green Dolphin Street. This is mellow and laid back for a while and then changes gear to swing. Perhaps the most noticeable thing about this track is Peterson's very restrained and delicate Piano solo. Even when the solo reaches the swing section there aren't the torrents of notes that you might expect. This is Oscar Peterson showing a different facet to his great talent.

Of course part of the reason for Petersons restraint on the first track maybe because a couple of the other tracks are absolute barnstormers. In particular Work Song and Reunion Blues swing like hell. Milt Jackson plays with a fire that, to me, was sometimes missing from his work with the MJQ. Listen on these tracks for Ed Thigpens great drumming. He really hits some great accents when you really don't expect them - and they work! Combine his work with the relentless Ray Browns bass and you have a swinging backdrop that could make much lesser musicians sound good.

Sadly only Oscar Peterson survives from this marvellous quartet at the time of writing. This disc captures them all at the height of their abilities and is an essential purchase.
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