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Album Review

As prolific as he was before his stroke in 1993, Oscar Peterson joins forces and fingers with his officially designated protégé Benny Green — and you can hardly tell them apart most of the time. Telarc is of no help in this matter by failing to give listeners an idea of who-plays-where in the liner notes, nor is the stereo mix any aid to sorting out the pianists. Needless to say, it is the Oscar Peterson style and conception that dominates this collection of workouts on standards; both pianists have fantastically flexible touches firmly grounded in the blues (Peterson is perhaps lighter, fleeter, and more luxuriously polished), and they find ornate ways of gently curling a phrase. The token bossa nova is a soft Brazilian treatment of "Here's That Rainy Day" à la Wes Montgomery. Ageless bass partner Ray Brown and regular Peterson drummer Gregory Hutchinson drive everything expertly; there is one Peterson original, the hangdog "Barbara's Blues" (named after the woman who looks after the pianos at Telarc sessions) where the rhythm section drops out. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi

Biography

Born: 04 April 1963 in New York, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Although not yet an innovator himself, Benny Green has managed to combine the styles of Bobby Timmons, Wynton Kelly, Gene Harris, and especially Oscar Peterson in his playing; his fast octave runs are often wondrous. He grew up in Berkeley and played as a teenager with Joe Henderson and Woody Shaw. After moving to New York, he spent important periods with Betty Carter (1983-1987) and Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers (1987-1989), becoming quite well-known during the latter association. In addition to...
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