Post Tagged with: "Oscar Peterson"

Taurey Butler – Taurey Butler (2012)

There’ve been a host of twists and turns for the well-traveled Butler — though, in many ways, each of these side roads ultimately were necessary for the Montreal-based pianist to get to this place.

Half Notes: Lester Young and Teddy Wilson – Pres and Teddy (1956)

What was cool about Lester Young was that he kept evolving. All “Pres” did was: — Pave the way for bebop in the 1930s. — Presuppose, while playing clarinet with Basie back in the day, the cool California sound of Paul Desmond in Dave Brubeck’s 1960s band. — Later find his own endless vista of late-period thoughtfulness in the 1950s.Read More

Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson – Ella and Oscar (1975, reissue)

Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson – Ella and Oscar (1975, reissue)

by Nick DeRiso Though not the hoped-for third-act triumph, Ella and Oscar still has its enduring charms. See, Oscar Peterson, a hard-banging piano genius as bluesy as he was inventive, should have made the perfect foil for Ella Fitzgerald on this stripped-down date, set for reissue on March 15 by Concord. It seems that too much time, however, had passedRead More

Oscar Peterson (1925-2007): An Appreciation

Oscar Peterson, one of jazz music’s most recognizable modern-day pianists, was felled on Sunday not from the lingering effects of a 1993 stroke — he kept playing after that — but from kidney failure. He passed, aged 82, in his native Canada outside Toronto. Peterson’s stroke compromised his left hand some, but never his spirit. That unstoppable will to swingRead More

Half Notes: Ray Brown with Oscar Peterson and Milt Jackson – The Very Tall Band (1999)

by Nick DeRiso Ray Brown is one of those underrated guys who kept on producing important work well past his so-called prime, because he remained such an in-the-pocket guy. You can’t go wrong with the old Jazz at the Philharmonic stuff, of course. But I also typically recommend his late-period work on Telarc, as well. Ray Brown first appeared onRead More