Q - 11/99, p.1303 stars out of 5
- "...Age has done little to blunt the talents of [these three musicians]....the tunes selected are better suited to this gentlemanly approach..."
This CD was recorded using Sony Direct Stream Digital & Super Bit Mapping technology.
Full performer name: Oscar Peterson/Ray Brown/Milt Jackson.
The Very Tall Band: Oscar Peterson (piano); Milt Jackson (vibraphone); Ray Brown (bass); Karriem Riggins (drums).
Recorded live at the Blue Note, New York, New York from November 24-26, 1998. Includes liner notes by Alyn Shipton.
Personnel: Oscar Peterson (piano); Milt Jackson (vibraphone); Karriem Riggins (drums).
Audio Mixers: Amit Peleg; Chaz Clifton .
Liner Note Author: Alyn Shipton.
Recording information: Blue Note Jazz Club, New York, NY (11/24/1998-11/26/1998); The Blue Note Jazz Club, New Yo (11/24/1998-11/26/1998).
Editor: Esther Luna.
Photographer: Steve Sherman.
Oscar Peterson's landmark meeting with Milt Jackson in the mid-'60s produced the very successful studio date Very Tall. They've played and recorded together on a number of occasions since then, joined by Ray Brown more often than not, but these live tracks recorded at the Blue Note are among their most satisfying sessions. Peterson continues his strong comeback from the serious stroke that he suffered in 1993, replacing his once ferocious tempos with an uncanny lyricism. Brown's introduction to "Blues for JR" and his bass solo medley are superb, while Jackson remains a master of the blues. The finale of "Caravan" features drummer Karriem Riggins and brings the session to a thunderous climax. Highly recommended. ~ Ken Dryden