Our friends at Verve/Universal Music are offering a copy of the five-CD box set Oscar Peterson Plays to a lucky JazzTimes reader. The 113-song, digitally remastered collection assembles 10 albums by the pianist during 1952-1954. Containing many of Peterson’s most important recordings as a leader, these albums explore the canons of songwriters Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, Jerome Kern, Jimmy McHugh, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Harry Warren and Vincent Youmans, in the setting of the Oscar Peterson Trio.
Few piano giants in jazz history, if any, scaled the heights of technical brilliance as Oscar Peterson (1925-2007) did. He was a 10-fingered player whose speed, execution, imagination and harmonic brilliance left other keyboardists with their mouths open. Peterson’s prolific trios—with guitarists Barney Kessel and Herb Ellis and bassist Ray Brown—set a longtime standard for ensemble interaction and excellence. As his biographer Gene Lees said: “Oscar Peterson is an astonishing example of what the human body and mind can be self-disciplined to achieve.”
Enter by April 30 to be eligible to win a copy of Oscar Peterson Plays.