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
Very Tall
West Side Story
Milt Jackson chronology
(1961) Vibrations1961
Very Tall
(1961) Very Tall1961
(1961) Statements1961

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 together 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).


Professional ratings
Review scores
Down Beat4/5 stars[1]
Allmusic4/5 stars [2]

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."[3]

Down Beat magazine jazz critic Leonard Feather gave the album four stars in his April 12, 1963 review and stated: "This was an alliance as successful as it was logical. Peterson and Jackson have far more in common musically than their regular contexts might imply."[1]

Scott Yanow on gave the album four stars out of five. Yanow described the pairing of Peterson and Jackson as " 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."[2]

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



  1. ^ a b April 12, 1962 Vol. 29, No. 8
  2. ^ a b Allmusic review
  3. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (27 January 1962). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 22–. ISSN 0006-2510.