You Look Good To Me – 2005

Oscar Peterson

Peterson near the end of his life still swinging hard

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Oscar Peterson (1925-2007) was one of the most brilliant jazz pianists of all time, being able to outswing anyone and recording a remarkable number of excellent albums during his very busy career.

It was a cruel twist of fate that he suffered a stroke in 1993 that resulted in him being unable to use his left hand at the level that he had previously.

By 2005 when he performed “You Look Good To Me” in a quartet with guitarist Ulf Wakenius, bassist Niels Pedersen, and drummer Alvin Queen, Peterson could barely use his left hand at all but, even as a one-handed pianist, he sounded very much like a complete player.

This is taken from one of his last concerts.

-Scott Yanow


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