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Album Review

Oscar Peterson and Stephane Grappelli are in top form as they romp through five standards and an original blues on this studio date, one of two initially taped for Musidisc and later reissued with its companion album in a two-record set by Prestige. Finally available on a Verve CD in its "Jazz in Paris" series, the veterans are joined by two premiere sidemen, bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and drummer Kenny Clarke. It's a treat to listen to Peterson and Grappelli stimulate one another with their seemingly effortless playing, especially during the dazzling, very swinging take of "I Won't Dance." This CD, along with the earlier volume, should be snapped up without hesitation.


Born: August 15, 1925 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Oscar Peterson was one of the greatest piano players of all time. A pianist with phenomenal technique on the level of his idol, Art Tatum, Peterson's speed, dexterity, and ability to swing at any tempo were amazing. Very effective in small groups, jam sessions, and in accompanying singers, O.P. was at his absolute best when performing unaccompanied solos. His original style did not fall into any specific idiom. Like Erroll Garner and George Shearing, Peterson's distinctive playing formed during the...
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