Oscar Peterson's Easter Suite for Jazz Trio
Last Supper & Garden of Gethsemane; Denial; Why Have You Betrayed Me; The Trial; Are You Really King of the Jews; Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me; Jesus Christ Lies Here Tonight; He Has Risen
Piano - Oscar Peterson
Bass - Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen
Drums - Martin Drew
Picture Format: 4:3
Sound Format: PCM stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Running Time: 35 minutes
Bonus Feature: 15 minutes
Region Code: PAL 2 + 5
Booklet Languages: GB, F, D
Recorded at: The South Bank Show, London
Recording Date: 1984
A Famous Rarity: Oscar Peterson's Easter Suite
The "Easter Suite" has remained one of the least known compositions by Oscar Peterson, even though virtually all sources mention it as one of his major works. It was commissioned by the South Bank Show, London Weekend Television's flagship arts programme, and broadcast nation-wide on Good Friday, April 24th, 1984. Its eight movements follow the events related in the gospel story.
This recording of the world premiere performance also features an interview with Peterson, explaining how he went about composing the suite, his initial skepticism about interpreting such a topic in the medium of jazz and his relation to spiritual music. He also describes in detail the various motifs of the work.
If the passion and resurrection seem surprising as topics for a longer jazz work, Oscar Peterson with his "Easter Suite" appears in a long line of other jazz greats, who at least in their later works created religiously inspired works.