In celebration of the 90th anniversary of the birth of one of Jazz history’s greatest icons, Sotheby’s and Warner Music Denmark are delighted to announce the sale of a unique,single-issue album “Take Me Home” by The Oscar Peterson Legacy Quartet. The album will be released in just a single copy that will be offered for sale at Sotheby’s London as part of the Rock & Pop auction on September 29th 2015 (est. £20,000-30,000).
Oscar Peterson, who died in 2007 aged 82, is considered one of the all-time great Jazz pianists, winning eight Grammy Awards during a career in which he released over 200 recordings. “Take Me Home” by The Oscar Peterson Legacy Quartet features previously unrecorded and unreleased original Oscar Peterson compositions (including the title track “Take Me Home”) made available by the Oscar Peterson Estate. The album of ten tracks is a swinging, sparkling gem, packed with fabulous melodies, soaring improvisations and vibrant musical interaction.
The Oscar Peterson Legacy Quartet is a group comprised of the acclaimed Danish jazz pianist Niels Lan Doky, plus all three original band members of the great pianist’s final group: guitarist Ulf Wakenius, bassist Dave Young and drummer Alvin Queen.
The near-impossible task of gathering these four exceptionally busy musicians together at the same time and place finally succeeded in October 2013 when Niels Lan Doky, Ulf Wakenius, Dave Young and Alvin Queen came together in The Standard Jazz Club (without audience) in Copenhagen for this session recorded over two days. Produced by Warner Music Denmark, the album was mastered in 2015.
“Take Me Home” by The Oscar Peterson Legacy Quartet includes:
Four previously unrecorded and unreleased original Oscar Peterson compositions, kindly made available to the Oscar Peterson Legacy Quartet and Warner Music Denmark by the Oscar Peterson Estate
Five new versions of previously released quintessential original Oscar Peterson compositions
One original Niels Lan Doky composition dedicated to and inspired by Oscar Peterson
Mikkel Torsting, Managing Director of Warner Music Denmark: “In today’s age of digital reproduction, it is easy to take music for granted. Ultra-high and uncompromising standards are essential components of Oscar Peterson’s legacy. So to honour these values, we have decided to bypass the traditional mass market and only issue this masterpiece album in one single copy, just like a sculpture or painting”.
Dr Philip Errington, Director of Sotheby’s Department of Printed Books and Manuscripts: “This sale presents an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire a unique slice of unheard, unrecorded musical history by one of the all-time jazz greats.”
Alongside “Take me Home”, Sotheby’s Rock & Pop auction on 29 September will include further exceptional Oscar Peterson memorabilia and manuscripts:
Oscar Peterson’s Dunhill Rollags 18K gold lighter, presented to him by Ella Fitzgerald on his birthday and engraved with his initials (est. £10,000-15,000). Since their first manufacture in the mid-1950s, Dunhill Rollagas lighters have achieved a legendary status. Former owners range from Elvis Presley to Harpo Marx and from Noel Coward to Ronnie Kray and James Bond.
Oscar Peterson’s favourite watch, a Gents 18K yellow gold Oysterquartz Rolex, model 19018 (est. £8,000-12,000). The legendary jazz pianist was a well-known watch collector, acquiring everything from Rolex to Swatch, and a client of Chronometrie Beyer in Zurich, Switzerland where he purchased this watch during the late 1970s.
Musical manuscript for “The Strut”, recorded by The Oscar Peterson Trio in 1964, and released as the first track on the album, The Oscar Peterson Trio Plays (est. £2,000-3,000).
Oscar Peterson’s musical manuscript and handwritten lyrics for “If You Should Care”, one of an exceptionally small number of songs for which Oscar Peterson wrote both music and lyric (est. £4,000-6,000). Kelly Peterson, the widow of the distinguished jazz pianist, notes that "this song was composed while Oscar Peterson was on a tour of Europe, written in his hotel room late at night, as he relaxed after his concert".
The announcement of this initiative coincides with Oscar Peterson’s 90th birthday August 15th, 2015
*The album will be delivered to the buyer in 3 versions (2 digital and 1 analog):
Analog vinyl (3 hand cut vinyl LPs) in gatefold LP packaging with album cover artwork, liner notes, credits, track listing and photos
Digital CD (regular CD format, i.e. 16 bit/44.1 KHz) with album cover artwork, liner notes, credits, track listing and photos.
Digital Data version, delivered on USB stick.
The auction will take place on Tuesday, September 29th at 2:30pm BST (UTC+1) at Sotheby’s, 34-35 New Bond Street London (with live online global access).
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