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Morning Song – Blues Etude

October 22, 2016

The great Canadian jazz pianist Oscar Peterson was, among other things, a musical descendant of 19th century Hungarian virtuoso Franz Liszt. (Peterson’s childhood piano teacher, Paul de Marky, had studied with István Thomán, who in turn had been a pupil of Liszt’s.)

Put that classical heritage together with Peterson’s devotion to his craft (he often practiced 4-6 hours a day), and his jazz influences (notably, the incomparable Art Tatum) and you get something like “Blues Etude”: a breathtakingly delightful blizzard of notes, playful, invigorating and a great way to start the day.

Enjoy.

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