Trail of Dreams: A Canadian Suite

Oscar Peterson And Michel Legrand Strings

Trail of Dreams A Canadian Suite
  • Release Date: 24 Oct 2000
  • Label: TELARC
  • Genre: JAZZ
  • CAT # 83500-25

    1. Open Spaces 7:11
    2. Morning In Newfoundland 3:53
    3. The Okanagan Valley 4:35
    4. Dancetron 4:00
    5. Ballad to P.E.I. 2:58
    6. Cookin' on the Trail 4:05
    7. Banff the Beautiful 5:38
    8. Lonesome Prairie 3:34
    9. The French Fiddler 3:04
    10. Harcourt Nights 5:11
    11. Manitoba Minuet 5:23
    12. Anthem to a New Land 2:33

Now available in discrete multi-channel surround SACD as well as the CD recording!

Telarc is pleased to announce the release of Oscar Peterson’s Trail of Dreams: A Canadian Suite. Commissioned by MusicCanadaMusique 2000, the legendary jazz pianist created Trail of Dreams: A Canadian Suite as an ode to the places and people of Canada.

Inspired by the 16,000-kilometer, coast-to-coast recreation trail, Trail of Dreams: A Canadian Suite is comprised of twelve compositions: "Open Spaces," "Morning in Newfoundland," "The Okanagan Valley," "Dancetron," "Ballad to P.E.I.," "Cookin’ on the Trail," "Banff the Beautiful," "Lonesome Prairie," "The French Fiddler," "Harcourt Nights," "Manitoba Minuet" and "Anthem to a New Land." Explains Peterson, "I feel that the music speaks to the picturesque and photographic scenic quality of various places in Canada that the Trans Canada Trail passes through."

On this latest recording, composer and pianist are on equal terms as Montreal-born Peterson leads his quartet (Swedish guitarist Ulf Wakenius, Danish bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and British drummer Martin Drew) with a 24-piece string orchestra under the direction of Michel Legrand, the illustrious French composer, conductor, orchestrator and pianist.

Legrand’s memorable film tracks include "The Windmills of Your Mind" (from The Thomas Crown Affair), "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" and "The Summer Knows" (the theme from Summer of ‘42). He has won three Oscars and two Grammy awards, and has collaborated with stars such as Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Aretha Franklin and Barbra Streisand.

Best known for his brilliant playing, Peterson is equally accomplished as a composer. His lengthy list of compositional credits include 1964’s Canadiana, a suite that traced the escape route used by blacks during the slavery era. This time, he has teamed up with Legrand to expand the vistas to include more elaborate musical structures.

Norman Granz brought Oscar Peterson to New York City in 1949 for the first Jazz at the Philharmonic (JATP) tour. Peterson went on to lead two of the most popular jazz trios in the world, one with bassist Ray Brown and guitarist Herb Ellis, the other with Brown and drummer Ed Thigpen. Today, Peterson has more than 200 recordings to his credit, along with seven Grammies, the Glenn Gould Prize in 1993, and, in June of 1999, he received the prestigious Japanese Praemium Imperiale Award. At age 75, despite having suffered a stroke, he continues to dazzle listeners around the world.

Trail of Dreams: A Canadian Suite was premiered on April 11, 2000 at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto. Neither classical nor jazz, this ambitious project includes a 24 piece string orchestra that finds its own ground and will be enjoyed by every fan of Oscar Peterson’s sophisticated songbook.

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