In 1958 Herb Ellis left the trio and was replaced by Ed Thigpen on drums bringing the trio into line with the standard piano trio setting. It’s this trio that we see on this video.
Special guest for this concert was Clark Terry on Trumpet and Flugelhorn. Terry was no stranger to Peterson and often appeared as a guest with the Trio. Terry and Peterson were a great combination and just less than a year before this footage was shoot, Norman Granz took Clark Terry and the trio into the studio in a session that was released on the Mercury label under the title “Oscar Peterson Trio + One”. The album documented the collaboration between Peterson and Terry in a studio setting. A number of the tracks recorded on the album found their way into the live set and are performed in this video “Mack The Knife, Mumbles” (featuring Clark Terry on vocals) and “Blues for Smedly”.
The footage is also available on DVD as part of the “Jazz Icons” series. The DVD includes concert performances recorded in Sweden (1963) and Denmark (1964). The Sweden performance also features Roy Eldridge on Trumpet.
Oscar Peterson (p) | Ray Brown (b) | Ed Thigpen (dr) | Special guest: Clark Terry (flh, tp, voc)
Yours Is My Heart Alone | Mack The Knife | Blues for Smedley | Misty | Mumbles.