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Bernard Peiffer was a popular pianist on the French jazz scene throughout a good part of the 1950s. This compilation collects a series of sessions (including both solo and trio dates) recorded in 1952 and 1953. Peiffer's approach to the piano is obviously influenced by Erroll Garner to a certain extent, especially on standards like "Jeepers Creepers" and "Lady Be Good." But he's also a compelling bop pianist, offering an impressive performance of Charlie Parker's "Steeplechase." His inventive approach to "Caravan" (heard in two separate takes) incorporates a dramatic shift in the bassline, adding a bit of stride piano in spots. Peiffer shows off his classical background in his dramatic showpiece "Toccata" (which was influenced in part by Johann Sebastian Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor), though this is very much a jazz piece. None of these titles have previously been issued outside of France, so this Jazz in Paris series reissue is a treasure awaiting discovery by jazz fans everywhere.

Biography

Born: 23 October 1922 in Épinal, France

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s

b. 23 October 1922, Epinal, France, d. 7 September 1976, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Following intensive training as a classical pianist, Peiffer began playing jazz in distinguished company. While still a young man he played with Django Reinhardt, Hubert Rostaing and other European jazzmen and also with visiting Americans such as Rex Stewart, Don Byas and Sidney Bechet. By the end of the 40s he had become very well known in his native land, leading small groups and also working alone. Persuaded...
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