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Oscar Peterson (8.15.25 – 12.23.07)

Oscar Peterson

For every one of us who had traditionally viewed Oscar Peterson as being the embodiment of virtuosity, a great revelation came in the aftermath of the stroke he experienced in the spring of 1993.

At that time, he began employing his left hand more sparingly than he had earlier in his career. For many lifelong Oscar Peterson fans, it became clear during this transition how his sound on the piano was so deeply drawn from his heart, more so than the shock value his impressive dexterity might have previously implied.

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