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A Tribute to Oscar Peterson

Catalogue numberBIS-2034 SACD
Release date2014-01-10
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time54:00

International piano choice, International Piano: “Litton’s playing is remarkable...and the whole disc is a delight.”

On his 16th birthday, receiving an LP of Oscar Peterson playing solo, Andrew Litton was ‘hooked’, to use his own term: ‘If I’ve ever experienced anything close to an epiphany, this was it!’ Having had opportunities to hear pianists such as Horowitz, Rubinstein, Richter and Gilels in recital, he was struck by Peterson’s playing: ’the amazing colours and voicing, the feathering of the sustain pedal (only Horowitz had such an astonishing pedal technique!), the achingly beautiful original harmonies…’

Collecting all of Peterson’s recordings and seeking out opportunities to hear him live and meet him in person, over the years Litton realized that the admiration he felt was shared by many of the classical musicians that he met during his ‘day job’ as a conductor.

When he started to come across transcriptions of Peterson’s improvisations made by such musician friends, Litton began collecting and learning them himself. He started with one of his personal favourites, Richard Rodgers’ Little Girl Blue, using it as an encore when making appearances as a pianist – he even played it at a memorial service for his late mother. As he kept learning new improvisations, what Litton himself describes as ‘a dream’ took shape – to record his own performances of some of these transcriptions as a tribute to his hero.

Litton’s selection includes twelve classic songs from recordings spanning four decades, from Thelonius Monk’s ‘Round Midnight and Billy Strayhorn’s Take the ‘A’ Train to Thad Jones’ A Child is Born, and his preparations for this very special recording have if anything deepened his admiration for Peterson: ‘He did things daily at the piano while spontaneously improvising that the rest of us spend a lifetime trying to achieve.’
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Warren, Harry
01 Lulu’s Back in Town 02:12 $ 0.53 USD
  Composer: Monk, Thelonious, Williams, Cootie
02 ’Round Midnight 06:27 $ 1.55 USD
  Composer: Green, Johnny
03 Body and Soul 05:32 $ 1.33 USD
  Composer: Jones, Thad
  A Child Is Born
04 A Child is Born 03:04 $ 0.74 USD
  Composer: Rodgers, Richard
05 Little Girl Blue 06:21 $ 1.52 USD
  Composer: Strayhorn, Billy
06 Take the ‘A’ Train 02:45 $ 0.66 USD
  Composer: Williams, Spencer
  Basin Street Blues
07 Basin Street Blues 04:38 $ 1.11 USD
  Composer: Gershwin, George
08 How Long Has This Been Going On 06:00 $ 1.44 USD
  Composer: Carmichael, Hoagy
09 The Nearness of You 03:23 $ 0.81 USD
  Composer: Arlen, Harold
  Over The Rainbow
10 Over the Rainbow 02:29 $ 0.60 USD
  Composer: Ellington, Mercer
11 Things Ain’t What They Used to Be 03:01 $ 0.72 USD
  Composer: Tizol, Juan
12 Perdido 06:46 $ 1.62 USD
  Album total 54:00
ComposerArlen, Harold
Carmichael, Hoagy
Ellington, Mercer
Gershwin, George
Green, Johnny
Jones, Thad
Monk, Thelonious
Rodgers, Richard
Strayhorn, Billy
Tizol, Juan
Warren, Harry
Williams, Cootie
Williams, Spencer
ArrangerPeterson, Oscar
PianoLitton, Andrew

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