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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by EllroyJames, Sep 21, 2020.
My dad turned me onto these guys when I was a teenager. They epitomize jazz piano for me. They made several appearances at the Montreux Jazz Festivals in the 1970s that were preserved on LP. If you like this kind of jazz, those Montreux series of recordings are fantastic. Might have been on Pablo Records if my memory is correct.
You always post the greatest videos! Thanks!!
If I was limited to listening to only one jazz pianist for the balance of my days,
It would be Oscar Peterson !
OP has long been a big favorite in my family. I got see him in Houston when I was a boy because my grandfather had to be hospitalized with pneumonia...I got his ticket.
My favorite video of OP and crew. This is the era I love the best...Ed Thigpen on skins, Ray Brown on bass. It does NOT get much better.
I've not listened specifically to Oscar much but early in my guitar playing I had a few of the early Count Basie albums and played along with them a lot.
Oscar Peterson is pure good stuff. It's how classic songs become classics.
He was Canadian, born in Montreal. Classically "trained" by a Hungarian who had studied with Franz Liszt. Was a force of nature by the age of nine. His work with Joe Pass was widely celebrated.
Also played with Stephane Grappelli, in Paris. I listened to that record quite a bit when I was courting the future Mrs. 3T, who lived at that time in Paris. One of my friends gave me the record.
Art Tatum was also a big influence on OP (as he was to many).
My favorite take on "Porgy & Bess" is the Pablo release of Oscar on clavichord and Joe Pass on acoustic. So great.
and Bill Evans...yeah, that's all I need...and this ashtray...and the paddle game...and the remote control, that's all i need!...
So true. He was an internationally loved pianist and composer. He fit in playing with an incredible assortment of players from Sinatra or Basie in a large venue to Coleman Hawkins or Clark Terry in a small smokey club. Thanks for posting. I'm cuing him up on the CD player right now...
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You are enlightened.
God Bless every last one of You.