Oscar Peterson Trio (with Milt Jackson): Very Tall (1961) 1989

Very Tall

Track list:

01. (On) Green Dolphin Street
02. Heartstrings
03. The Work Song
04. John Brown’s Body
05. A Wonderful Guy
06. Reunion Blues


Oscar Peterson – piano;
Ray Brown – bass;
Ed Thigpen – drums;
Milt Jackson – vibraphone

#1,6: recorded New York City; September 15, 1961
#2-5: recorded New York City; September 18, 1961
Released: 1962
Label: Verve
V/V6 8429
827 821 [1989]

Original sessions producer: Jim Davis
Original sessions engineer: Val Valentin

Liner notes: Nat Hentoff

Photography: Roy DeCarava

Re-issue, Re-mastered [1989, CD]:
Prepared for Compact Disc by Richard Seidel

Digitally remastered directly from the original analog master tapes by Dennis Drake, PolyGram Studios, USA.


This first match-up on records between pianist Oscar Peterson and vibraphonist Milt Jackson was so logical that it is surprising it did not occur five years earlier.

Originally recorded for Verve and three decades later reissued on this audiophile CD by Mobile Fidelity, the quartet set (which also includes bassist Ray Brown and drummer Ed Thigpen) swings as hard as one might expect.

Highlights include “On Green Dolphin Street,” “The Work Song,” “John Brown’s Body” (a jam on “Battle Hymn of the Republic”) and “Reunion Blues.”

Fortunately O.P. and Bags would meet up on records many times in the future (particularly during their Pablo years) but this first effort is a particularly strong set.
~Scott Yanow[]