It was the great jazz pianists and composer Oscar Peterson’s birthday yesterday. Born in Montreal Canada he died in 2007.
The Land of Misty Giants, is from Oscar’s iconic album, Canadiana Suite released in 1964, with Oscar on piano, Ray Brown on double base, and Edd Thigphereen on drums.
Here’s the track list:
- “Ballad to the East” – 4:08
- “Laurentide Waltz” – 5:20
- “Place St. Henri” – 3:57
- “Hogtown Blues” – 3:40
- “Blues of the Prairies” – 4:59
- “Wheatland” – 5:30
- “March Past” – 3:25
- “Land of the Misty Giants” – 4:11
You’ll find them all on YouTube. In essence, Mr Peterson composed a love letter to his homeland .
His widow, Kelly Peterson is having an auction on eBay to commemorate Oscar’s 90th birthday. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to World Vision Canada. Have a look at the items up for salehere.
I also found an abstract short film, on the National Film Board site, inspired by the Oscar Peterson’s Trio, called Begone Dull Care, by Evelyn Lambart and Norman McLaren, 1949. This experimental film, captures jazzes improvisational drive, energy, and humor.