29 December 2007

Jazz loses a giant

Jazz giant Oscar Peterson has died. He was one of the premier jazz pianists of the 20th century. His career spanned 7 decades and his contributions to the art are unfathomable.

With a style reminiscent of Art Tatum, but with a texture and touch which were far more resonant, Peterson blazed his way into international fame. He played with the greats - Getz, Ellington, Basie and Ellis.

Growing up in Canada and practicing 4 to 6 hours per day, honed his skills and made him a virtuoso by the age of 18. Here is a fitting tribute to him. You can see the master at work in this haunting piece.

Au revoir Oscar. Pouvoir les anges vous chantent dans l'endroit spécial que dieu a créé pour vous.


Coldtype said...

He will be missed.

leftisthebest said...

Gee, you're a fan of jazz? Why, that's so, so, so liberal. So NPR.

Seriously, I liked a duet he did with Herbie Hancock a while back. Not to mention his stuff with Louie Armstrong or Ella Fotzgerald.