Perfect Peterson: Best of the Pablo & Telarc Recordings

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/23/2007
  • Label: Pablo
  • UPC: 888072300781
  • Catalog Number: 230078
  • Sales rank: 108,794

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tenderly (4:56)
  2. 2 How High the Moon (3:20)
  3. 3 Nuages (8:05)
  4. 4 Blues Etude (5:25)
  5. 5 Caravan (7:02)
  6. 6 I'm Getting Sentimental Over You (7:22)
  7. 7 Summertime (4:30)
  8. 8 If I Were a Bell (10:51)
  9. 9 (Back Home Again In) Indiana (3:22)
  10. 10 I'm Confessin' (That I Love You) (4:51)
  11. 11 Nigerian Marketplace (7:15)
  12. 12 On the Trail (6:59)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Honeysuckle Rose (8:53)
  2. 2 Kelly's Blues (12:12)
  3. 3 Wheatland (8:59)
  4. 4 In a Mellow Tone (4:53)
  5. 5 Tin Tin Deo (5:47)
  6. 6 Nighttime (8:50)
  7. 7 Reunion Blues (6:26)
  8. 8 Satin Doll (8:30)
  9. 9 Ja-Da (7:31)
  10. 10 Morning in Newfoundland (3:47)
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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
Joe Tarantino Remastering
DuBose Heyward Composer
Harold Adamson Composer
James F. Hanley Composer
Morgan Lewis Composer
Jacques Lowe Cover Photo
Doc Daugherty Composer
Ferde Grofé Composer
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