Oscar Peterson


Born: August 15, 1925; Montreal, Quebec, Canada   Died: December 23, 2007; Mississauga, Ontario, Canada  
Oscar Peterson is one of the greatest piano players of all time. A pianist with phenomenal technique on the level of his idol Art Tatum, Peterson's speed, dexterity, and ability to swing at any tempo have long been amazing. Very effective in small groups, jam sessions, and in accompanying singers, O.P. is at his absolute best when performing unaccompanied solos. His original style does not fall into any specific idiom. Like Erroll Garner and Read more George Shearing, Peterson's distinctive playing formed during the mid- to late '40s, and fell somewhere between swing and bop. Peterson has been criticized through the years because he uses so many notes, has not evolved much since the 1950s, and has recorded a remarkable number of albums. Perhaps it is because critics ran out of favorable adjectives to use early in his career; certainly it can be said that Peterson plays 100 notes when other pianists might use ten, but all 100 usually fit, and there is nothing wrong with showing off technique when it serves the music. As with Johnny Hodges and Thelonious Monk, to name two, Peterson spent his career growing within his style rather than making any major changes once his approach was set, certainly an acceptable way to handle one's career. Because he was Norman Granz's favorite pianist (along with Tatum), and the producer tended to record some of his artists excessively, Peterson has made an incredible number of albums. Not all are essential, and a few are routine, but the great majority are quite excellent, and there are dozens of classics. Read less
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  • 1.
    Cinema / Palombi
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 7805 Release Date: 02/02/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  J.S. Zamecnik,  Erik Satie,  Darius Milhaud,  Georges Auric  ... 
    Performer:  Luigi Palombi
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    Common Ground
    Label: Alma   Catalog: 21213 Release Date: 01/21/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Edward Yadzinski,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Kornel Wolak,  Chris Donnelly
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    From Berliner To RCA Victor - The Birth And Rise Of The Recording Industry In Canada
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1127 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Various,  Luigi Denza,  Oscar Peterson,  Alexander Muir
    Performer:  Alys Robi,  Wilf Carter,  Henry Burr,  Albert Viau  ... 
    Conductor:  Mart Kenney,  Wilfrid Pelletier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Festival Orchestra,  Quatuor Alouette,  George Wade & The Cornhuskers
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    Pictures At An Exhibition / Jensen, Quadriga Bassoon Ensemble
    Label: Genuin Classics   Catalog: 86077 Release Date: 01/01/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Allan Stephenson,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Astor Piazzolla,  Oscar Peterson
    Performer:  Dag Jensen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quadriga Bassoon Ensemble
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    Reflective Flute / Marcusson, Johansson, Hansson, Et Al
    Label: Intim Musik   Catalog: 57 Release Date: 04/09/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  Percy Faith,  Bonnie Lake,  Liz Seleski  ... 
    Performer:  Göran Marcusson,  Jan Zirk,  Lars Eliasson,  Yasuhito Mori  ... 
    Conductor:  Jerker Johansson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  GöteborgsMusiken
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    Piano Music by Still & Other Black Composers / Monica Gaylord
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 737 Release Date: 09/28/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Work, John Wesley, Jr.,  Samuel Coleridge-Taylor,  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  Oscar Peterson  ... 
    Performer:  Monica Gaylord
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