Personnel includes: Oscar Peterson (piano); Nat Adderley, Roy Eldridge, Ernie Royal, Clark Terry (trumpet); Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis (guitar); Ray Brown, Sam Jones (bass); Ed Thigpen, Louis Hayes (drums).
Recorded between 1952 & 1965. Includes liner notes by David Dunn.
This is part of the Verve Jazz Masters series.
Personnel: Oscar Peterson (piano); Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel (guitar); James Moody , Jerome Richardson, Norris Turney, Seldon Powell, George Dorsey, Cannonball Adderley (reeds); Clark Terry, Ernie Royal, Nat Adderley, Roy Eldridge, Snooky Young, Jimmy Nottingham (trumpet); Morris Secon, Julius Watkins, Willie Ruff, James Buffington, Ray Alonge (French horn); Jimmy Cleveland, Melba Liston, Slide Hampton, Paul Faulise, Britt Woodman (trombone); Don Butterfield (tuba); Ed Thigpen, Louis Hayes (drums).
Liner Note Author: David Dunn.
Recording information: Chicago, IL (??/??/1952-05/04/1966); Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (??/??/1952-05/04/1966); Los Angeles, CA (??/??/1952-05/04/1966); New York, NY (??/??/1952-05/04/1966); Newport Folk Festival, Newport, RI (??/??/1952-05/04/1966); Newport Jazz Festival, Rhode Island (??/??/1952-05/04/1966); Stratford Shakespearean Festival, Ontario, Canada (??/??/1952-05/04/1966); Tivoli Garden, Copenhagen, Denmark (??/??/1952-05/04/1966); Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark (??/??/1952-05/04/1966).
Editor: Peter Pullman.
Photographer: Herman Leonard.
Arrangers: Ernie Wilkins; Garcia; Nelson Riddle; Russell Garcia ; Wilkins.
Vol. 16 of the Verve Jazz Masters series features pianist Oscar Peterson, who recorded prolifically for them from his start in the early '50s up to the early '70s. A single CD could never do Peterson justice, but this one, featuring 15 solid tracks, is evenly balanced between trio and guitar-accented small ensembles, with three big-band tracks added in. The hottest numbers are "Woody 'n You," his original (one of only three of his compositions) "Evrev," and "The Honeydripper." The jazz orchestras nearly consume Peterson during "West Coast Blues," "O.P.," and the stringy "Someday My Prince Will Come." No matter; it's the brilliant voice that listeners admire and are awed by that always shines through, and even though his discography for Verve is gigantic, this remains a good place to start, especially for the student or novice to Peterson's genius. ~ Michael G. Nastos