Shelly Berg is an exuberant pianist with a virtuosic flair reminiscent of, well, the great Oscar Peterson. Indeed, when Berg’s dad first played Peterson discs for the then young classical pianist, the 12-year-old was hooked on jazz, and on Peterson. This heartfelt tribute, then, is a labor of love. Adding poignant authority is the presence of former Peterson colleagues bassist Ray Brown and drummer Ed Thigpen. Also impressive are cameos by Carmen Bradford, Eddie Daniels, Jeff Jarvis and Bill Watrous.
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