This one goes out to Oscar Peterson, with new material from the jazz great
A series of new compositions by famed Canadian jazz great Oscar Peterson will finally see release later this year. Oscar, With Love will feature a star-studded cast of jazz pianists interpreting songs mostly composed by Peterson, for Peterson or by his close friends, according to the Montreal legend’s widow Kelly Peterson, an executive producer on the project. Chick Corea, Oliver Jones, Monty Alexander, Kenny Barron, Benny Green and Makoto Ozone are among the players on the album, to be released on Kelly Peterson’s newly formed independent label Two Lions Records on Dec. 11. Corea, a 22-time Grammy winner, penned a new song for the project called “One For Oscar.” Although the final tracklist hasn’t been set, Kelly Peterson says 17 artists are recording two songs each for what will eventually be a three-CD or five-LP set. Among the recordings are at least a dozen previously unreleased Oscar Peterson compositions. Several of the artists featured on the record will perform at Toronto’s Koerner Hall on release day.