Oscar Peterson's Finest Hour

Oscar Peterson's Finest Hour

by Oscar Peterson
     
 

Many consider him the world's greatest jazz pianist. But whatever you feel about Oscar Peterson, it's impossible not to recognize his superhuman-like technical abilities, assets that allow him to pull off any musical idea that comes to mind. Peterson's virtuosity is on grand display throughout this set, which gleans terrific tracks from his prime years with Verve and…  See more details below

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Many consider him the world's greatest jazz pianist. But whatever you feel about Oscar Peterson, it's impossible not to recognize his superhuman-like technical abilities, assets that allow him to pull off any musical idea that comes to mind. Peterson's virtuosity is on grand display throughout this set, which gleans terrific tracks from his prime years with Verve and other Norman Granz-related record labels. With such superior sidemen as bassist Ray Brown, drummer Ed Thigpen, and guitarists Barney Kessel and Herb Ellis swinging behind him, Peterson turns on the juice and lets loose.His exuberant solos on such performances as "The Astaire Blues," "Work Song," "Sometimes I'm Happy", and are as accomplished as jazz piano gets, while tracks like "Young and Foolish" "Mumbles," and "Tenderly" display Peterson's more bluesier and lyrical side.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Verve's Finest Hour collection of Oscar Peterson's work compiles 60 minutes of career highlights, including "The Astaire Blues," "Work Song," "Young and Foolish," and "Tenderly." Though it's by no means a definitive compilation of Peterson's music, it does provide a worthwhile overview of some of his best moments.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/13/2000
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0731454359924
catalogNumber:
543599

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Performance Credits

Oscar Peterson   Primary Artist
Cannonball Adderley   Alto Saxophone
Nat Adderley   Cornet
Jimmy Cleveland   Trombone
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Slide Hampton   Trombone
Milt Jackson   Vibes
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Melba Liston   Trombone
James Moody   Tenor Saxophone
Jerome Richardson   Piccolo,Tenor Saxophone
Julius Watkins   French Horn
Seldon Powell   Baritone Saxophone
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Ed Thigpen   Drums
Norris Turney   Alto Saxophone
Britt Woodman   Trombone
Willie Ruff   French Horn
Ray Alonge   French Horn
Ray Brown   Bass
James Buffington   French Horn
Don Butterfield   Tuba
Clark Terry   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
George Dorsey   Baritone Saxophone
Ernie Wilkins   Conductor
Paul Faulise   Trombone
Jimmy Nottingham   Trumpet
Morris Secon   French Horn
Alvin Stoller   Drums
Snooky Young   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Nat Adderley   Composer
Oscar Peterson   Producer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Oscar Brown   Composer
Norman Granz   Producer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Jim Davis   Producer
Ernie Wilkins   Arranger
Doug Ramsey   Sequencers
Tom Greenwood   Research Coordination
Clifford Grey   Composer

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