Perfect Peterson: Best of the Pablo & Telarc Recordings

Perfect Peterson: Best of the Pablo & Telarc Recordings

by Oscar PetersonOscar Peterson


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While it's true that Oscar Peterson compilations appeared with regularity form the early '60s on, only a few of them -- as with most recording artists -- have any real merit. This two-disc collection from the Concord Music Group's Telarc label, is one of them. Appearing less than a year before his death, this compilation concentrates on recordings issued from the '50s through the middle of the '80s on Dizzy Gillespie's Pablo label, and those made for Telarc between 1990 and 2000. Many live dates are included here from both labels, including "Tenderly" with Herb Ellis and Ray Brown at the J.A.T.P. concerts in Japan; the trio dates at Zardi's in 1955 ("How High the Moon"), in Copenhagen with Joe Pass, Stéphane Grappelli, and Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen in 1979, and Mickey Roker in 1979 ("Nuages"). There's the beautiful duet reading of Juan Tizol's "Caravan" with Gillespie in the studio in 1974, as well as the title track form the Nigerian Marketplace album but recorded live in Japan in 1982. The biggest complaint is that there isn't anything here actually from that classic album on this set. Disc two begins with the great reunion of the trio at the Blue Note in 1990, from which the historic set was taken with Bobby Durham on drums: "Honeysuckle Rose," "Kelly's Blues," and "Wheatland" all come from those sets. Other live cuts include "Reunion Blues," with Benny Green, Ellis, Brown, and drummer Lewis Nash from the Tribute to Oscar Peterson concert in New York, and "Night Time" from Oscar in Paris. There are a few studio numbers here as well including "In a Mellow Tone," with Brown, Nash, Benny Carter, Clark Terry, and Lorne Lofsky, and the stellar version of "Tin Tin Deo," with Roy Hargrove, Ørsted-Pedersen, and Ralph Moore was recorded in Canada for release on mid-'90s albums like The More I See You and Trail of Dreams: A Canadian Suite. With the exception of the aforementioned minor complaint, this is a fine overview of some of Peterson's most productive years. Included is an excellent liner essay by writer James Isaacs.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/23/2007
Label: Pablo
UPC: 0888072300781
catalogNumber: 230078
Rank: 137653

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Oscar Peterson   Primary Artist,Piano
Count Basie   Piano
Louie Bellson   Drums
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Dizzy Gillespie   Trumpet
Stéphane Grappelli   Violin
Roy Hargrove   Trumpet
Milt Jackson   Vibes
Michel Legrand   Conductor,Track Performer
Ralph Moore   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Pass   Guitar
John Heard   Bass,Bass Guitar
Lorne Lofsky   Guitar
Lewis Nash   Drums
Benny Carter   Alto Saxophone
Ray Brown   Bass,Bass Guitar
Clark Terry   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis   Tenor Saxophone
Martin Drew   Drums
Benny Green   Piano
Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen   Bass,Bass Guitar
Mickey Roker   Drums
Ulf Wakenius   Guitar
Dave Young   Bass Guitar
Karriem Riggins   Drums
Bobby Durham   Drums
Dave Young Orchestra   Bass

Technical Credits

Milt Jackson   Composer
Michel Legrand   Arranger
Oscar Peterson   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Django Reinhardt   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Chano Pozo   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Greg Allen   Art Direction
Norman Granz   Producer,Audio Production
Duke Ellington   Composer
Walter Fuller   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Nancy Hamilton   Composer
James Isaacs   Liner Notes
Jacques Larue   Composer
Elaine Martone   Producer,Audio Production
Ballard MacDonald   Composer
Ellis Reynolds   Composer
Juan Tizol   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Robert Woods   Producer,Audio Production
George Bassman   Composer
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Harold Adamson   Composer
Morgan Lewis   Composer
Jacques Lowe   Cover Photo
Doc Daugherty   Composer
Ferde Grofé   Composer
James Hanley   Composer

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