June 13, 2024

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CD review: Art Blakey – In Concert 2022: Video, CD cover

Legendary pianist and composer Oscar Peterson led a storied career, spanning over half a century with new creative heights at every turn.

1971 saw Peterson touring the world once again, joined by bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and drummer Louis Hayes. As heard in this never-before-released live recording from Zurich, Switzerland, the collaboration and artistry between these musicians is unmatched.

Oscar Peterson is widely regarded as one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time. He was renowned for his remarkable speed and dexterity, meticulous and ornate technique, and dazzling, swinging style. Jazz pianist, virtuoso, and composer. He was called the “Maharaja of the keyboard” by Duke Ellington, simply “O.P.” by his friends, and informally in the jazz community as “the King of inside swing”.

A noted jazz educator and advocate for racial equality, Peterson released over 200 recordings, won a Juno Award and eight Grammy Awards, including one for lifetime achievement.

01. Moon River
02. Contemplation
03. Lester Left Town
04. Round Midnight
05. It’s Only A Papermoon
06. Arabia
07. Blues March

Oscar Peterson – piano
Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen – bass
Louis Hayes – drums

Art Blakey - In Concert (2022)

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