Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
We all have artists or even specific recordings that we claim "changed our life" even musicians know that isn't a true statement. It is a dream yet for Andrew Litton he made his dream into his own reality. An accomplished and classical pianist in his own right, Litton connected with not just the technique but with the vivid colors presented in Peterson's harmonic soul. A Tribute to Oscar Peterson is a stirring improvisational riff on the man, the music and his indelible mark on the music world. The tunes are here but expected and somewhat eclectic and this is what makes the release special. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Oscar Peterson did not bang out the same set list night and night as there were always little gems presented as only Peterson could. Favorites on this particular offering include "Take The A Train" along with "Basin Street Blues" and an inspired "Over The Rainbow." Solo piano is the most daunting format in music. Solo piano as a tribute to Oscar Peterson kicks it up a notch. Andrew Litton pulls it off with style, flair and a harmonic reach not as an imitation but as his own riff on the master. That is why this release works so well, it is from the heart.
Tracks: Lulu's Back In Town; 'Round Midnight; Body and Soul; A Child Is Born; Little Girl Blue; Take The A Train; Basin Street Blues; How Long Has This Been Going On?; The Nearness of You; Over The Rainbow; Things Ain't What They Used To Be; Perdido.
Special Thanks to Michael Bloom of Michael Bloom Media Relations
This is a SACD Multichannel Super Audio CD.