Friday, February 08, 2008

Oscar Peterson Overview and Interview

I did not enjoy the Oscar Peterson tribute broadcast on CBC last month. I thought there was too much talking, too little music and what music there was was banal. The concert should have also included, in closing one of his solo recordings. The only performance that was excellent and a fitting tribute to Oscar Peterson's life and work is this by Herbie Hancock, who steps back, slows down, plays a lot less notes and breaks convention to make this jazz piano piece sound like something yesterday or 200 years ago. The BBC 3 program Jazz Library looks at Oscar Peterson's body of work this week. You have a 160 hours to hear it.

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