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The Very Tall Band (Live at the Blue Note) by Oscar Peterson Ray Brown Milt Jackson

This was a Ray Brown week at the club in November of 1988 and he invited a couple of old friends over for a rare live appearance together. They are not just very tall .They are giants ! It must have been a treat for Ray Brown's young drummer, Kareem Riggins, to work with them.

The album could be used as a definition of swing and an example of blues as the foundation of jazz. This is true from Oscar's first teasing notes on "Jada" to Milt's last tones on the closer , "Caravan " .In between, there are originals-Brown's "SKJ",Jackson's"Blues for JR" and Peterson's melodic "When Summer Comes ';a swinging "Sometimes I'm Happy " and a poignant "I'll Remember Clifford ".The audience reaction to Ray Brown's solo medley ranges from hush to buzz as he moves from "Full Moon and Empty Arms " to "Work Song".

The liner notes quote Ray Brown ..."there ain't but a few of us left ". Fewer still now . Milt Jackson left us in October . We are fortunate to have this CD as a legacy. Check out his unaccompanied "Nature Boy "

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Oscar Peterson Ray Brown Milt Jackson
  • CD Title: The Very Tall Band (Live at the Blue Note)
  • Genre: Other
  • Year Released: 1999
  • Record Label: Unknown
  • Rating: Four Stars
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