TORONTO — Few pianists swung as hard or played as fast and with as many grace notes as Canada's Oscar Peterson.
The classically trained musician could play it all, from Chopin and Liszt to blues, stride, boogie, bebop and beyond. He led his own jazz trios, performed with such legendary figures as Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong, who called him "the man with four hands," recorded more than 200 albums and wrote such memorable works as Hymn to Freedom and the Canadiana Suite.
"A virtuoso without peer," concluded his biographer, Gene Lees, in The Will to Swing. When Mr. Peterson died this week, music lovers around the world mourned the loss of a lyrical stylist and one of the greatest piano players of all time.
Louis Hayes :
Song: "Soulville Samba" (recorded Dec. 1966)
From the LP "SOUL ESPANOL" (Limelight LM 82044) 1966
Oscar Peterson : piano
Sam Jones : bass
Louis Hayes : drums
Henley Gibson : congas
Marshall Thompson : timbales
Harold Jones : percussion
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