Capturing an evening of straightahead jazz performances reminiscent of the historic 1945 Town Hall concert, A Tribute to Oscar Peterson brings together top jazz musicians with the legendary pianist for a one-time, history-making concert.
Peterson is in fine form as he affectionately shares the night's musical magic with old and new friends. The 13-tune musical banquet features Peterson performing with long-time collaborators—guitarist Herb Ellis and bassist Ray Brown (from the premiere 1950s Oscar Peterson Trio), drummer Lewis Nash, bassist Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, vibraphonist Milt Jackson, Clark "Mumbles" Terry (performing his hilarious topsy-turvy flugelhorn trademark tune with scat vocals, first immortalized on a Peterson trio recording in 1964), and pianist-vocalist Shirley Horn, singing and playing the poignant title tune from the acclaimed album, Here's To Life.
New friends joining Peterson are Roy Hargrove on flugelhorn (whom he first collaborated with on the 1996 Telarc release Oscar Peterson Meets Roy Hargrove and Ralph Moore (CD-83399), and tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, meeting Peterson for the first time. Then there's pianist Benny Green (a long-time fan whom Peterson anointed as most promising young jazz pianist a 1992 Glenn Gould Foundation event), and the vocalese quartet, Manhattan Transfer, spicing up the night with song.
A Tribute to Oscar Peterson highlights swinging tempos, deep grooves, lush ballads, incomparable solos and tight teamwork on tunes such as "Anything Goes" and "Reunion Blues" (with the original Peterson trio), a quintet version of "In A Mellow Tone" featuring Turrentine, and ten more dazzling dispatches, including Peterson, in a quartet setting, swinging with Manhattan Transfer along "Route 66."