Sunday, September 03, 2006

Oscar Peterson at the Jazz Alley

A and I had the amazing opportunity to see Oscar Peterson last night at Jazz Alley (the last night of his Seattle engagement).

He was truly amazing! He performed as part of a quartet, and each member was an incredibly accomplished player. Together, they were perfectly in-step with each other, effortlessly picking up the tune after an extensive round of improvisaion. Speaking of improvisation, this show was unusual in that most of the songs were 70-80% improvised. The group are obviously very comfortable with each other and visibly had fun challenging each other with call-and-answer type improv. The guitarist and Oscar, especially, excelled at this.

The players:

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