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Bernard Peiffer: Formidable

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To spend time with this album’s music, together with its 16-page booklet of reminiscences and photos, is a moving experience. It represents a passionate labor of love by Stephan Jean-Bernard Peiffer on behalf of his father. Bernard Peiffer was a classically trained French pianist who emigrated to the United States in 1954 and settled in Philadelphia, where he died in 1976.

The central thesis of this project is stated in the liner notes by Philadelphia educator Don Glanden: “Of the great [piano] virtuosos active in jazz in the 20th century (e.g., Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Phineas Newborn), only Bernard Peiffer’s music has fallen into relative obscurity.”

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