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Milt Jackson/Oscar Peterson/Oscar Peterson Trio: Very Tall

Album Notes

Full performer name: Oscar Peterson Trio/Milt Jackson.

Personnel: Oscar Peterson (piano); Milt Jackson (vibraphone); Ray Brown (bass); Ed Thigpen (drums).

Producer: Jim Davis.

Reissue producer: Ben Young.

Recorded at Nola Recording Studios, New York, New York on September 15 & 18, 1961. Includes liner notes by Phil Bailey and Nat Hentoff.

Digitally remastered using 24-Bit technology by Kevin Reeves (Universal Music Studios-East).

This is part of the Verve Records Master Edition series.

Full performer name: Oscar Peterson Trio/Milt Jackson.

Personnel: Oscar Peterson (piano); Milt Jackson (vibraphone); Ray Brown (bass); Ed Thigpen (drums).

Recorded at Verve Studios, New York, New York on September 15 and 18, 1961. Includes liner notes by Nat Hentoff.

VERY TALL was the first of several collaborations between pianist Oscar Peterson and vibraphonist Milt Jackson, and is a particularly enjoyable session of accessible, hard- swinging post-bop. Peterson's trio of the time, which included bassist Ray Brown and drummer Ed Thigpen, was already a tight working unit, and the addition of Jackson's cool, shimmering vibes fleshes their sound out beautifully.

The set list includes a breezy take on "Green Dolphin Street," Rodgers and Hammerstein's "A Wonderful Guy," and two Jackson originals, the 12-bar jam "Reunion Blues," and "Heartstrings," an aching, melancholic ballad. Nat Adderley's "The Work Song" and a bluesy improv on "Battle Hymn of the Republic" entitled "John Brown's Body" round out the album. With its fine performances and laid-back, easy feel (Jackson's cool style tempers Peterson's usual fiery approach here), VERY TALL is a highly satisfying set.



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