Very Tall

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Very Tall
Studio album by Oscar Peterson and Milt Jackson
Released 1961
Recorded September 15 & 18, 1961
Genre Jazz
Length 40:58
Label Verve V 8429
Producer Norman Granz
Oscar Peterson chronology
The Sound of the Trio
(1961)
Very Tall
(1961)
West Side Story
(1961)
Milt Jackson chronology
Vibrations
(1961)
Very Tall
(1961)
Statements
(1961)

Very Tall is a 1961 album by the jazz pianist Oscar Peterson and his trio, with the vibraphonist Milt Jackson.

This album marked the first recorded collaboration between Peterson and Jackson, they would later appear on the albums; Reunion Blues (1971), The Milt Jackson Big 4 (1975), Ain't But a Few of Us Left (1981) and Two of the Few (1983) together.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

The initial Billboard review from January 27, 1962 praised Peterson and Jackson's "great sense of swing" and described the material as "a bit out of the ordinary", before concluding that album was "Strong jazz wax."[2]

Scott Yanow on Allmusic.com gave the album four stars out of five. Yanow described the pairing of Peterson and Jackson as "...so logical that it is surprising it did not occur five years earlier...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."[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "On Green Dolphin Street" (Bronislaw Kaper, Ned Washington) – 7:32
  2. "Heartstrings" (Milt Jackson) – 5:43
  3. "Work Song" (Nat Adderley, Oscar Brown, Jr.) – 7:35
  4. "John Brown's Body" (Traditional) – 7:49
  5. "A Wonderful Guy" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers) – 4:57
  6. "Reunion Blues" (Jackson) – 7:22

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Allmusic review
  2. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (27 January 1962). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 22–. ISSN 0006-2510.