TRAIL of DREAMS
A Canadian Suite
Michel Legrand Strings
Oscar Petersen - Piano Ulf Wakenius - Guitar Niels Henning-Orsted
Pedersen - Bass Martin Drew - drums Michel Legrand - Conductor The Michel
Legrand Strings Composed by Oscar Peterson Arranged and Conducted by Michel
Morning in Newfoundland
The Okanagan Valley
Ballad to P.E.I
Cookin' on the Trail
Banff the Beautiful
The French Fiddler
Anthem to a New Land
At the end of the sleeve note Michel Legrand says, "Make silence around you,
close your eyes and enjoy". How right he is, this collaboration of musical
giants is destined to be around for a very long time if sufficient people
ever get to hear it. Our airwaves are clogged up with music from 'play lists'
and albums like this sometimes go unheard. If that were to happen to this
work it would be a crime, music of this quality should be 'put on prescription'
for people to listen to for at least half an hour a day! I certainly found
it enormously uplifting and if proof is needed that good jazz does not need
to be ugly and discordant, here it is. The Petersen Quartet swings like mad
all the way through, just as the trio with Neils and Martin has always done.
We have a great tendency in the UK to under rate our own musicians, Martin
Drew is a world class Drummer and a worthy successor to the likes of Ed Thigpen.
Neils is probably the world's No1 Bass Player, but many I am sure would give
that honour to Ray Brown, I find it hard to choose, they are both so good.
Oscar Peterson has to be the No1 jazz pianist of all time, no one swings
in the way he does and so consistently.
The music was recorded in Ontario, Canada on April 12 and 13, 2000, the string
players came from the Toronto Symphony and there is no mismatch here between
the jazz musicians and the straight men. Michel Legrand has done a superb
job as Musical Director and prevented that happening. His scoring for the
strings is also of the highest order; they help the overall feel of this
descriptive musical journey enormously. Trial of dreams consists of twelve
'sound scapes' which depict the Trans Canada Trail. Whether they are good
descriptors of the various regions, I don't know because I have never had
the pleasure of a visit, but I sure would like to!
The music is without doubt of the best, the themes, though each one was written
by Oscar for this album are all easy to become familiar with and the music
If you had any record tokens for Christmas, buy this album with them, if
Buy it anyway, I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
Don Mather is a Saxophone Player and Bandleader in Coventry