December 24, 2007

Oscar Peterson

Oscar Peterson died last Sunday. Big loss to the jazz and music-loving world. :(
Mr. Peterson was one of the greatest virtuosos in jazz, with a piano technique that was always meticulous and ornate and sometimes overwhelming. But rather than expand the boundaries of jazz, he used his gifts in the service of moderation and reliability, gratifying his devoted audiences whether he was playing in a trio or solo or accompanying some of the most famous names of jazz. His technical accomplishments were always evident, almost transparently so. Even at his peak, there was very little tension in his playing.
Enjoy the wonderful music in a few videos below of Peterson playing the piano, thanks to youtube.

and last but not least - a piano 'duel' between two piano greats - Oscar Peterson and Herbie Hancock.

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