Commemorating the 60th anniversary of this composition, we present a brand-new recording of “Hymn to Freedom” performed by a very special trio of Benny Green, John Clayton & Jeff Hamilton. It is our hope that Oscar’s “Hymn” will continue to inspire us all to greater compassion, to spread love and peace, and to create a world where people everywhere live without fear, in freedom.
Celebrate 60 Years of "Hymn to Freedom"
The Oscar Peterson Trio - Live in Zurich, 1971
Legendary pianist and composer Oscar Peterson led a storied career, spanning over half a century with new creative heights at every turn. 1971 saw Peterson touring the world once again, joined by bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and drummer Louis Hayes in a rare trio configuration that never performed together again. As heard in this never-before-released live recording from Zurich, Switzerland, the collaboration and artistry between these musicians is unmatched.
“One of the most popular jazz artists in history.” – The New York Times
The Oscar Peterson Quartet - Live in Helsinki, 1987
In 1987, jazz immortal Oscar Peterson led his quartet -- featuring Joe Pass, Dave Young and Martin Drew -- through the final engagement of their 14-concert European fall tour at Helsinki’s famed Kulttuuritalo. A Time for Love captures Peterson’s focus on performing original compositions on the bandstand alongside timeless classics at the pinnacle of the group’s creative stride.
“A Jazz Behemoth” - The Wall Street Journal
Oscar, With Love showcases Oscar Peterson as a composer and includes the world première of several pieces he wrote, but never recorded. Featured Artists: Monty Alexander, Lance Anderson, Kenny Barron, Robi Botos, Bill Charlap, Gerald Clayton, Chick Corea, Benny Green, Hiromi, Oliver Jones, Justin Kauflin, Michel Legrand, Ramsey Lewis, Audrey Morris, Makoto Ozone, Renee Rosnes, Dave Young.
“…one of the giants of jazz piano.” - NPR Music
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About Oscar Peterson
The Canadian-born pianist/composer of West Indian heritage pianist held court as an ultimate master for over 60 years. A recipient of numerous honors and awards (including eight GRAMMY® Awards) and the subject of various documentaries, Oscar Peterson was the embodiment of the history of jazz piano blended with a superb command of Western Classical knowledge – all of which contributed to Ellington bestowing upon him the title “the Maharajah of the keyboard.” With over 200 albums of his own, Peterson’s amazing ability to temper his own magnificence as a leader and soloist to be able to provide totally empathetic and subtle accompaniment to other musicians and vocalists – simply and eloquently explained by Dave Young as “he listened” – made him a contributor to hundreds of other outstanding recordings, most notably as the virtual “house pianist” for his longtime manager Norman Granz’s Verve and Pablo Records. A professional since the age of 14, Peterson passed away at the age of 82 in 2007, leaving an unparalleled legacy that is as timeless as jazz itself.