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Oscar Peterson was truly a marvelous musician. Parts of this transcription were some of the toughest bits of piano wizardry that I've ever tried to learn, and I don't think I would have the nerve or ability to perform it like this live in front of an audience...I still prefer his original recording to how this came out. It baffles me as to how Oscar Peterson could come up with so much of this on the spot. I could also tell from trying to play this that he had VERY BIG HANDS! Was definitely a stretch for me...literally and figuratively....
Made this for Martin Luther King Day a while ago. Oscar Peterson's "Hymn to Freedom" is one of my favorite musical tributes to the Civil Rights Movement. Things really pick up after about 2 minutes. Most of the piano part here is based on a transcription of his 1964 Paris version...there are a lot of interesting rhythms that look kind of weird and hard to follow when notated, so doing things a bit by ear really helped, too. Found this to be very difficult...baffles me as to how he came up with so much of this on the spot one evening almost fifty years ago...don't know if I'll be trying another Peterson transcription anytime soon, haha...
Hymn to Freedom, a song written and composed by Oscar Peterson in 1962 and released on the album Night Train. Night Train is a jazz album by the Oscar Peterson Trio, released in 1962, (see 1962 in music). It was one of Peterson's most commercially successful recordings.
1 "Night Train" Duke Ellington
2. "C Jam Blues" Barney Bigard, Ellington
3. "Georgia on My Mind" Hoagy Carmichael, Stuart Gorrell
4. "Bags' Groove" Milt Jackson
5. "Moten Swing" Benny Moten
6. "Easy Does It" Sy Oliver, Trummy Young
"Honey Dripper" Joe Liggins
8. "Things Ain't What They Used to Be" Mercer Ellington, Ted Parsons
9. "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good" Ellington, Paul Francis Webster
10. "Band Call" Ellington
11. "Hymn to Freedom" Oscar Peterson
"Happy Go Lucky Local (A.K.A. Night Train) (alternate take)" Ellington
13. "Volare" Francesci Migliacci, Domenico Modugno, Mitchell Parish
14. "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" Cole Porter
15. "Moten Swing (rehearsal take)" Moten
16. "Now's the Time" Charlie Parker
17. "This Could Be the Start of Something Big"
Oscar Peterson - piano
Ray Brown - double bass
Ed Thigpen - drums
Recorded Versions: Oscar Peterson Trio, Rob Ickes, Freedom Call, RFCM Symphony Orchestra, Chorus Apollon, Phoenix Boys Choir, International Philharmonic Orchestra, Roger Doucet, Resonance Big Band, Avalon, Paul Breiner, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Oliver Jones, Makoto Ozone, Peter O'Brien, St. Mark's Philharmonic Orchestra, Valentino Production Music, Jim Martinez Trio, Pete Seeger, Stephen Squires and Millar Brass Ensemble, Martin Lutz Group, Ben Webster, Lalo Schifrin, Roger Kellaway Trio, Doug Riley, Helmut Jost, Ame Domnerus, Gustaf Sjokvist, Ranee Lee, Allan Vache, Jim Galloway, Overton Berry Trio, Carlsville, Bjarte Engeset, Royal Norwegian Navy Band, Peter Nordahl Trio, Eddie Gauntt, The Producers, Paul Harrison, Mick Clarke, Lou Martin, Arne Domnerus, Papa Bue's Viking Jazzband, Stone Hedge Trio, Gerry Herbert Quartet, King's High School Living Faith, Wayne Pumphrey, Tore Ljokjel, San Francisco Boys Chorus, Ian Robertson, Picaddily Six, Martin Breinschmid, Hans Knudsen Jump Band, Rhoda Achieng Gravem, Geir Botnen, University of Saskatchewan Greystone Singers, Rune Gustafsson, Hakan Martinsson, Roman Olegov, Jeremy Sassoon, Cristiano Filippini, Carmina Slovenica, Northern Winds, Jan de Haan, James Dickenson, Philippe Duchemin, Philippe Le Van, Crossing Sound Project, Par Bjorck Trio, Nigel Clark, Cesare Poggi, Richard Kahn, Roy Assaf, Netherlands Blazers Ensemble, Benko Dixieland Band, Mark Edwards, Victor Mason, Pierre Arrachart, Cedric Cohen, Frederic Dubois, Oscar Peterson Big 4, Vic Vogel, European Jazz Orchestra, Northstar Orchestra
Channel BenG PianoVocals