Dispatches from the Creation Wars

RIP Oscar Peterson

Only a few months after the death of Max Roach, the jazz world has lost another legend, pianist Oscar Peterson. The Canadian-born Peterson was one of the legendary sidemen from the late 40s on, playing with virtually everyone – Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington. He was a virtuoso pianist, blessed with remarkable speed, fluidity and flair. He won a richly deserved grammy award for lifetime achievement in 1997. The music world has lost yet another giant.

I’ll put some video clips below the fold.

Here’s Peterson with Count Basie doing a little blues:

Here he is with his famous trio:

A piano version of Waltz for Debbie:

Peterson with Ella Fitzgerald doing In a Mellow Tone: