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Oscar Peterson: Music in the Key of Oscar (1995)

This riveting music documentary traces the history of piano legend Oscar Peterson, from his early days as Montreal's teenage boogie-woogie sensation through his meteoric rise to ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Ray Brown Ray Brown ... Himself
Herb Ellis Herb Ellis ... Himself
Ella Fitzgerald ... Herself
Dizzy Gillespie Dizzy Gillespie ... Himself
Norman Granz Norman Granz ... Himself
Quincy Jones ... Himself
Oscar Peterson ... Himself
Jeanne Sauvé ... Herself (archive footage)
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This riveting music documentary traces the history of piano legend Oscar Peterson, from his early days as Montreal's teenage boogie-woogie sensation through his meteoric rise to international celebrity. One highlight in this treasure trove of musical gems is the legendary Oscar Peterson Trio (bassist Ray Brown and guitarist Herb Ellis) who after a twenty-year hiatus, reunited in order to "prove that it still had the magic." Over 100 minutes of classic and contemporary performances, rare film footage, in-depth interviews with a cast of jazz legends and multiple Bonus Features, create a chronicle spanning 5 decades of Oscar Peterson's unforgettable music. Written by VIEW Video

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With Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, Norman Granz and more

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 2004 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color
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Better than nothing, but not a great movie
6 June 2005 | by juancarreraSee all my reviews

Oscar Peterson's piano skills are in class by themselves. So you would expect a movie about him and his music to concentrate on that, or at least emphasize his skills by showing him playing the piano. And they do show him, but most of the time from the chest up and hands not visible.

The movie does outline his life as expected, and has interviews with others in his band, who are also great musicians who somehow keep up with Oscar's speedy fingers, and frequent key and rhythm changes.

Since this is the only movie about Oscar Peterson I could find, it is better than having nothing, but it could have been better.


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