Oliver Jones

Serenade

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Oliver Jones, Canada's second best known jazz pianist (after the late Oscar Peterson), wows his hometown audience in Montreal in this 2004 concert. Jones, who studied with Peterson's sister Daisy, plays a number of elaborate up-tempo runs and demonstrates an incredible gift for harmony in his hour long set, accompanied by bassist Dave Young (who worked extensively with Peterson in his later years) and drummer Norm Marshall Villeneuve. Highlights include the swinging opener "Falling in Love with Love," a dazzling "Over the Rainbow," and his own "Blues for Helene." In addition to an enlightening interview with Jones, bonuses include two engaging duets with Oscar Peterson ("Just Friends" and Peterson's moving "Hymn to Freedom"), though at this point of the concert, Peterson's rhythm section (including bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen) guitarist Ulf Wakenius is utilized. The photography, editing, and audio are first-rate throughout this excellent DVD.

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