Oscar Peterson

One of the all-time great jazz pianists, Oscar Peterson’s recorded output is more notable for his many collaborations rather than his solo LPs. Nevertheless, he remains an extraordinary influence on all aspiring jazz musicians. And he’s Canadian.


  • Oscar Peterson Plays Duke Ellington (1952) A
    • Oscar Peterson’s expressive piano playing helps turn these classic Duke tunes into the quaint miniatures they were always meant to be. Accompanied only by Barney Kessel on electric guitar and Ray Brown on double bass, this is easy listening jazz with layers of subtlety just below the surface.
  • Lester Young with the Oscar Peterson Trio (1954) A-
    • Very listenable.
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