Friday, June 15, 2018

Oscar Peterson: Hymn To Freedom (1964)

Hymn To Freedom performed by the Oscar Peterson Trio at the Holbaek Jazz Club in Holbaek, Denmark, on May 2, 1964.

Oscar Peterson composed the music in 1962; it is the last track on the 1963 album, Night Train. The song, based on the Negro Spirituals he heard in the Baptist Church while growing up in Montreal’s Little Burgandy neighbourhood, is as beautifully arranged and played as it is timeless and true. Freedom begins in the mind and in the heart and works its way outward in human action. Freedom is an expression of human dignity. Freedom, while always important, takes on more significance when it is denied.

The Trio
Oscar Peterson on Piano Ray Brown on Bass Ed Thigpen on Drums

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