Oscar Peterson Dimensions: A Compendium of The Pablo Years (4-CD Box Set)

Dimensions: A Compendium of The Pablo Years (4-CD
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  • Number of Discs: 4
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  • Originally Released: 2003
  • Label: Pablo

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Dimensions is an ideal title for this four-CD set, for few improvising artists' careers have been more multidimensional than Oscar Peterson's. The foremost inheritor of the great pianist Art Tatum's mantle, Canadian native Peterson (b. 1925) is still probably best known for his staggering virtuosity, as well as for leading two of jazz's most scintillating trios - the one with guitarist Herb Ellis and bassist Ray Brown, a unit from 1953 to 1958, and the threesome that followed, featuring Brown and drummer Ed Thigpen, together from 1959 to 1965.

But Peterson's deep-grooved work extended far beyond the boundaries of a three-man lineup. In 1950 he became a key member of Jazz At The Philharmonic, to which he returned over the years. The internationally popular all-star package tour was founded by close friend Norman Granz, the first important jazz impresario and, until his passing in 2001, Peterson's manager and record producer.

Granz produced all of the music herein: 25 live performances from all over the world and 21 tracks done in the studio, made between 1953 and 1986. Although crowd-pleasing modern mainstream jazz and bebop were his metiers, Granz liked to present his major artists in many simpatico settings, from solo sessions to big band dates to all-out jams, with the accent on blues heads and the Great American Songbook. Dimensions offers exactly these elements, yielding a splendidly-selected microcosm of Peterson's monumental career.

In the company of a mini-Who's Who of Modern Mainstream and Bop, including Count Basie, the Duke Ellington Orchestra (sans the Duke), Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, Milt Jackson, and Joe Pass, Peterson repeatedly shows that he's one of those rare players who makes everyone around him better.

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Personnel includes: Oscar Peterson (vocals, piano, Clavichord); Ella Fitzgerald (vocals); Johnny Hodges, Benny Carter, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson (alto saxophone); Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis (tenor saxophone); Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Eldridge, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Jon Faddis, Clark Terry (trumpet); Al Grey (trombone); Stephane Grapelli (violin); Milt Jackson (vibraphone); Count Basie (piano); Joe Pass, Ray Ellis, Barney Kessel, Freddie Green (guitar); Ray Brown, Neils-Henning Orsted Pedersen (bass); Louis Bellson, Jake Hanna, Martin Drew (drums); The Duke Ellington Orchestra.
Recorded between 1953 & 1986. Includes liner notes by Ernie Rideout.
Just in case anybody has forgotten or needs to catch up with their very first dose, Oscar Peterson is one of the greatest pianists in all of straight-ahead jazz. For heart, soul, and dexterity, for imagination, facility, and finesse, you're not going to do much better than this. The very act of listening is really a groove study in electromagnetic conduction. Something inside of the beholder is likely to change. You might feel it in your legs, the nape of your neck, or up and down the glockenspiel of the rib cage as your spine causes the rest of the body to gyrate almost involuntarily. Almost any band involving Oscar Peterson creates a musical current that resonates in the marrows of performers and listeners alike. And there's always been so much of it! In light of the fact that Norman Granz put out more Oscar Peterson records than most people have been able to digest, the present anthology will enable both seasoned fans and those who aren't sufficiently hip to him to stretch out with a massive but approachable stack of Peterson's coolest and hottest sides. The first of four discs outlines the initial triumph of the Trio. Disc two is dedicated to the Art of the Duet. Disc three charts a tour of the world while tracing an anatomy of the pianist's progress through a series of jams over the span of 13 years. Disc four is a bit like having nine desserts after 37 entrees. And why not? Sometimes pigging out makes perfect sense. This mammoth career retrospective is a heartwarming affirmation of Oscar Peterson's gifts and messages. It could easily lead to a heightened awareness of how jazz, that substantial music of great power and depth, never ceases to recharge the sensibilities of any listener willing to surrender for a while to those spirits of inspiration that Federico Garcia Lorca called the angel, the duende, and the muse. All three forces are at work here. A healthy response would be to feel humbled by the generosity of all these artists who came together to make so much great music for the people to return to time after time. ~ arwulf arwulf

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