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Oscar Peterson: The Man and His Jazz

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Called the "Maharaja of the keyboard" by Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson released over 200 recordings, won seven Grammy Awards, received the Order of Canada and is considered to have been one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time. This new biography from award-winning author Jack Batten, promises to tell Oscar Peterson's story in acomplete, compelling and sympathetic wa ...more
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Published September 11th 2012 by Tundra Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jeffrey
Oct 14, 2012 Jeffrey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to have to re-read Reva Marin's bio of Peterson before I comment but amongst other problems with Batten's bio :

- really dreadful quality photographs on glossy paper - you can find better images on the web and the Marin book has much better images despite being produced 9 years ago!
- inconsistent with noting the sources Batten is quoting from - if this was one of student's papers, I'd fail him for not citing his sources
- appallingly small and very outdated bibliography - Batten includes
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M. Fenn
Oct 03, 2012 M. Fenn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oscar Peterson is one of my favorite pianists, regardless of genre. His mastery of those 88 drums (to quote NRBQ‘s Terry Adams) is incomparable and a joy to listen to. So, I was quite pleased when an email from LibraryThing told me I had won an Early Reviewer copy of his latest biography written by Canadian author, Jack Batten, and published by Tundra Books.

I approached this book knowing very little about its subject. I’ve listened to many of Oscar Peterson’s records, but I didn’t know anything
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Chris
Jan 29, 2013 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oscar Peterson is my favorite jazz pianist from the twentieth century, so I enjoyed reading this biography (full disclosure: I was given a copy by the publisher). The book covers Oscar's formative years with a family who helped each other learn to play both classical and jazz under their father's guidance. This situation seems similar to the Jackson family, though, in this case, Oscar was the only one to become a professional musician. The book does a good job of covering the early successes and ...more
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I liked the concept of the book and I love learning about people's lives, especially how they have overcome adversity, but I didn't like the author's writing style. I found his sentences to be choppy and they often broke grammatical rules, such as "Do not start a sentence with 'and' or 'but." Things like that bug me. I did like the inclusion of the pictures, bibliography and index. I think all of those things will benefit someone who would like to know more about Oscar's life outside of reading ...more
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Jack Batten, after a brief and unhappy career as a lawyer, has been a very happy freelance writer for many years. The author of thirty-five books, Batten writes the weekly Whodunnit column in the Toronto Star, has reviewed jazz for the Globe and Mail, and has reviewed movies on CBC Radio for twenty-five years. He has written over thirty books on subjects that include biography, crime fiction, law ...more
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