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Lois Deloatch: Hymn to Freedom: Homage to Oscar Peterson

Lois Deloatch

If it strikes you as odd that one of the first posthumous Oscar Peterson tribute albums comes not from a pianist but a vocalist, consider that a half-century ago Peterson and his triomates, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Ed Thigpen, shaped a superlative homage to a singer on their A Jazz Portrait of Frank Sinatra without a single note being sung. Though North Carolinian Lois Deloatch has a deep appreciation for Peterson’s entire career, it is his trio work that entices her most and which she here salutes.

The project actually began more than a year prior to Peterson’s death in December 2007, when Deloatch persuaded Thigpen himself to participate. Rounding out her supporting trio are Chicago-based pianist Willie Pickens (who, given the unenviable assignment of trying to fill O.P.’s bench, rises elegantly to the task, though Bill Evans seems more an influence than Peterson) and bassist John Brown, with guitarist Scott Sawyer added on two numbers.

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