Oscar Peterson & Milt Jackson: On Green Dolphin Street


On Green Dolphin Street


Oscar Peterson (piano) and Milt Jackson (vibes)


Very Tall (Verve UDCD 655)

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Oscar Peterson (piano), Milt Jackson (vibes), Ray Brown (bass), Ed Thigpen (drums).

Composed by Bronislaw Kaper and Ned Washington


Recorded: New York, September 15, 1961


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

Film music composer Bronislaw Kaper wrote this tune for the 1947 movie Green Dolphin Street, and it became a warhorse for jazz players during the Ď50s. Here the Peterson trio, augmented by Jacksonís vibraphone, treats the tune with subtle architecture and relaxing groove. A solo by Jackson full of characteristically nuanced phrasing is followed by Petersonís exploration of melody as he restricts himself to a very uncharacteristic pianissimo touch. The whole group seems to build an instant rapport as Jackson breathes with light hipness and Peterson warmly finesses the changes.

Reviewer: David Tenenholtz

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