Oscar Peterson

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As Oscar Peterson passed away late in 2007, this will likely be the first of many collections of his work issued posthumously. But there are many that preceded his passing, and in that vein, they keep on coming. What distinguishes one from another is marginal, for they all feature bunches and bunches of standards played in O.P.'s virtuosic way, with scant few originals, in this case "Oscar's Boogie." A substantive single-CD collection, it features quite a few show tunes, and a stack from the songbook of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. Duke Ellington is also well represented at the tail-end of these 18 tracks. It's hard to fault much of anything done by Peterson because he was so great, but you'll find many other essential compilations of his artistry, which is unparalleled.

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