Thursday, September 29, 2022

Anniversary of “The Maharaja of the Piano”

Oscar Peterson will turn 97 today. Musicians from Montreal (Canada) He was one of the best pianists of all time, A pianist with excellent technique and who was at the level of his idol Art Tatum. Very effective in small groups, jam sessions, and accompanying vocalists, Opie (so known by his crew) Became even brighter when performing unaccompanied solo,

Like Errol Garner and George Shearing, Peterson’s distinctive game was shaped in the mid-1940s and fell somewhere between the swing and the bop, Peterson was criticized over the years because he used too many notes, did not develop much beyond the 1950s, and recorded a remarkable number of albums. Perhaps this is because critics lacked favorable adjectives to use early in his career; It can be said with certainty that Peterson played 100 notes while other pianists might have used ten, but 100 usually fits the bill.

Like Johnny Hodges and Thelonious Monk, Pietersen spent his career developing his own style. Instead of making major changes once their focus is established. He appeared on dozens of All-Star records, scored five duet albums with the greatest trumpeters of the day, including Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Aldridge, Harry “Sweet” Edison, Clark Terry, and John Fadis.

Nicknamed “The Maharaja of the Piano” by Duke EllingtonThe late Canadian jazz pianist won a total of 7 Grammy Awards in his career.


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