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Thread: Jazz Legend Oscar Peterson Remembered

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    R.I.P.

    I wonder if there will be a tribute at next year's JazzFest.

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    Sad news! Another legend leaves us around Christmas.

    I didn't follow his career that much, so I can't quite comment, but a personal anecdote: I met him after a show once and got to shake his hand. His hands are massive! Doesn't explain why he's a great pianist, but it certainly helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bond_james_bond
    I wonder if there will be a tribute at next year's JazzFest.
    I would hope so!

    Elvin Jones was scheduled to play during the 2004 Jazz Fest, but passed away sometime in May or June of that year. I didn't have tickets for the show, but I was told it was simply cancelled and no mention of his death was made. It didn't look like the Jazz Fest handled it that well. This also happened to be the year that Ray Charles passed away... a great deal of attention was given to Ray, as it should, but none to Elvin...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Agrippa
    Sad news! Another legend leaves us around Christmas.

    I didn't follow his career that much, so I can't quite comment, but a personal anecdote: I met him after a show once and got to shake his hand. His hands are massive! Doesn't explain why he's a great pianist, but it certainly helps.
    Coincidently, I mentioned a similar anecdote but deleted it. A few years back, I shook OP's massive hand at some event - forgot what it was about - at Birks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziggy Montana
    Coincidently, I mentioned a similar anecdote but deleted it. A few years back, I shook OP's massive hand at some event - forgot what it was about - at Birks.
    I guess it's inevitable; anyone who has shaken his hand will have noticed! Yes they really are that big! (For those of you who haven't had the honour )
    Last edited by Agrippa; 12-26-2007 at 11:22 AM.
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    I only have one Oscar Peterson album: At the Stratford Shakespearean (and I confess that they are MP3s a friend gave me). Now that I've re-listened to it today, I cannot recommend it highly enough! It was recorded live in 1956 so don't expect a modern Brad Mehldau or Keith Jarett sound. Oscar is accompanied by Ray Brown and bass and Herb Ellis on guitar... who shine as much as Oscar!

    Anyone can recommend another album?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Agrippa
    I only have one Oscar Peterson album: At the Stratford Shakespearean (and I confess that they are MP3s a friend gave me). Now that I've re-listened to it today, I cannot recommend it highly enough! It was recorded live in 1956 so don't expect a modern Brad Mehldau or Keith Jarett sound. Oscar is accompanied by Ray Brown and bass and Herb Ellis on guitar... who shine as much as Oscar!

    Anyone can recommend another album?
    There are many but Jackie Robinson Foundation's A Tribute to Oscar Peterson Live at the Town Hall (with Ray Brown, Herb Ellis, Benny Green, Roy Hargrove, Shirley Horn, Milt Jackson, The Manhattan Transfer, Lewis Nash, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, Clark Terry and Stanley Turrentine) is a collection of some of OP's most memorable sessions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziggy Montana
    There are many but Jackie Robinson Foundation's A Tribute to Oscar Peterson Live at the Town Hall (with Ray Brown, Herb Ellis, Benny Green, Roy Hargrove, Shirley Horn, Milt Jackson, The Manhattan Transfer, Lewis Nash, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, Clark Terry and Stanley Turrentine) is a collection of some of OP's most memorable sessions.
    Geez, what a line-up!! (Though I can do without the Manhattan Transfer...) I'll give it a try, thanks!
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