Oscar Peterson: On A Clear Day: The Oscar Peterson
Label: MACK AVENUE
Previously unreleased live recording of the concert in Zurich in 1971 When a completely unheard treasure is discovered, it's cause for celebration; and when that treasure comes from a profound master like Oscar Peterson, even more so. With the release of On a Clear Day by Mack Avenue Music Group / Two Lions Records: The Oscar Peterson Trio - Live in Zurich, 1971, we have the opportunity to hear an extremely rare version of the trio format for which the eminent artist was so well known The extraordinary tandem, consisting of bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and drummer Louis Hayes, have come together on only one studio album - Great Connection - recorded prior to this tour. Anyone familiar with the great art of jazz knows that the more often an ensemble performs together, the greater the connection, the more perfect the synergy, and the more rewarding the listening experience. This performance, recorded at the very end of the tour, shows the group at the peak of its magnificent creative mastery Peterson was not a leader who simply expected his fellow musicians to conform to his own ideas about the music. Instead, he drew on their individual artistry to create a unique entity for each manifestation of his trio concept. As anyone familiar with Peterson's particular art can expect - especially in live performance - the music is expressive, provocative and sometimes wild in its intensity. Peterson generally takes no prisoners, explosive runs building on explosive runs, but always with an affectionate sensibility that sweeps along and takes your breath away at the same time. Ørsted Pedersen and Hayes are always at one with the master, and together they create a seamless panorama of rich musicality and palpable excitement throughout this 60-plus minute set - evidenced by the audience's prolonged and enthusiastic response to each piece The eight tracks are a compilation of songbook classics, standards and Western classical-inspired songs - all with the personal Peterson touch. Closing the set are the lively tunes "The Lamp is Low" and "On the Trail," which have been raising tempers since the turbulent 1930s. The former is an explosive and breathtaking virtuosic outing that sets the tone for the entire set, while the latter closes the concert on an only slightly subdued note of fiery swing....