Anyone into Oscar Peterson?

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  1. stratzrus

    stratzrus Philadelphia Jazz, Funk, and R&B Supporting Member

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    I just saw this on You Tube...wow!


     
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    His left hand alone is more musical than 99.999 percent of all the musicians that have ever lived.

    -RAH3
     
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    Big fan..... an enourmous amount of talent.
     
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    derekd Supporting Member

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    One of my all time favorite pianists. OP and Art Tatum set the bar pretty high.
     
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    I have 14 Oscar Peterson CDs. He was a MASTER and could swing the roof off of a building. The trios with Herb Ellis and Ray Brown and no drummer will have your head bobbing to the groove.

    I saw his "Very Tall Band" group a few years back: Oscar, Ray Brown (does anyone swing on bass better than he did?) Milt "Bags" Jackson and Kareem Riggins on drums. They tore up the Blue Note that night and I was so fortunate to see them now that the younger Kareem is the only one left.

    Music in the Key of Oscar is a great DVD to check out.
     
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    cbstrat Supporting Member

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    And he could sing like Nat King Cole. :dude
     
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    I was just listening to Oscar Peterson Trio's interpretation of West Side Story on vinyl over my lunch break. Outstanding stuff... He was Canadian too!
     
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    Dig Oscar! He is one of my favorites.

    Somewhat related:

    I got to meet/roadie for Ray Brown (1996 I think) at a local jazz fest near me. His Ray Brown trio was headlining one of the days, and I worked on the stage crew. Ray and his crew were the nicest people. They cooked lunch for everyone backstage! Watching Ray play was magical.

    Sadly I never got to see Oscar and Ray together.
     
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    Wanna dance? Night train. Utterly dripping in feel.

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    History of an artist: 2 LP set on Pablo. That started it for me!
     
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    Another big fan. Oscar, Joe Pass, Neils Henning Oersted Pederson on bass. The Pablo recordings from the 70's.
     
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    Unreal talent with a great band...
     
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    Thanks....It has been a long time since I dug back in to Pete.
    Hands down the best,:AOK
     
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    Can't claim to be a widely schooled in the works of Oscar Peterson, but I have "The Sound of the Trio" and absolutely love it. On Green Dolphin Street is a standout track, but it's virtually impossible to listen to any of the tracks on there without tapping your feet or smiling.
     
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    All those Pablo Live At Monterux with Oscar playing with just about everybody. He fits in everywhere and still sounds like him. I've lost count of how many recordings I have with OP on them.

    One of my biggest regrets is not going to see him at Yoshi's after he recovered from his stroke and did a bit of touring before packing it in. I thought the tickets were expensive, but now I realize it was a once in a lifetime experience that you couldn't have put a price on.
     
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    my friend just gave me an oscar disc with joe pass. i've listened to a little bit of it and it's outstanding. he has such an amazing touch for the keys. he's one of my favorite musicians.
     
  20. ROKY

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    I'll probably be the only guy on this thread that doesn't dig Oscar .

    I would place men like :

    Bud Powell, Monk, Walter Bishop Jr., Barry Harris,Red Garland, Sonny Clark,
    Hampton Hawes, Ahmad Jamal,Bill Evans, Kenny Drew, Jaki Byard,
    Wynton Kelly, (early) McCoy Tyner,Herbie Hancock waayy ahead of OP.

    The main reason is, to my ears OP's always lacked that hipness in his
    attack of the notes; the dynamics always seem to be on the upper end
    of the scale, and because of that, his flow just doesn't seem natural - it
    seems like he forces the swing.

    I also don't think his note choices are ... there's that word again: "hip"
    compared to the aforementioned guys .

    On the surface I can see where he would impress anyone, but his
    phrasing always seems stiffly swinging.

    I know, I know :

    "..look at who he played with .."

    " he's certainly revered, by stellar players .."

    " he's had a distinguished and reamrkable career .."

    I respect him, for sure, but I've never dug his phrasing .

    Lacks the bounce .
     
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