Oscar Peterson


The great jazz pianist Oscar Peterson passed away recently, so I thought I would mention my favorite of his recordings: Live at the Northsea Jazz Festival. This 1980 session had a bit of an unusual lineup: Peterson, Niels-Henning Orsted-Pedersen on bass, the great Joe Pass on guitar, and Toots Thielemans on harmonica. The playing is extremely conversational, almost contrapuntal, throughout. I especially love their twelve-minute performance of Duke Ellington's Caravan. Check it out!

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