Oscar Peterson's Finest Hour

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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...
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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/13/2000
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731454359924
  • Catalog Number: 543599
  • Sales rank: 115,123

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Salute to Garner (2:52)
  2. 2 The Astaire Blues (12:01)
  3. 3 Love You Madly (8:11)
  4. 4 Sometimes I'm Happy (11:49)
  5. 5 Work Song (7:31)
  6. 6 Young and Foolish (4:56)
  7. 7 Con Alma (6:56)
  8. 8 Mumbles (2:03)
  9. 9 Tenderly (5:45)
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Album Credits

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 Jr. Composer
Norman Granz Producer
Irving Caesar Composer
Jim Davis Producer
Duke Ellington Composer
Ernie Wilkins Arranger
Doug Ramsey Sequencers
Tom Greenwood Research Coordination
Clifford Grey Composer
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