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Jazz Changes$
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Martin Williams

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780195083491

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195083491.001.0001

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Four Pianists: Four Minority Views

Four Pianists: Four Minority Views

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(p.273) Four Pianists: Four Minority Views
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Jazz Changes
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Williams Martin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195083491.003.0051

Oscar Peterson was obviously indebted to the Nat Cole of the 1940s (when Cole was a jazz pianist) and to Art Tatum. Others may feel that Peterson's sophistication and class allowed him to fill out ideas that Cole suggested. Martial Solal was one of the best jazz pianists in the world who played in France. He was born in Algiers and started playing jazz in 1940. George Shearing was one of the musicians who popularized modern jazz to a mainstream success. Ahmad Jamal, a pianist, was a success: he had several selling LP's, an enormous following, and several direct imitators.

Keywords:   Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, Martial Solal, George Shearing, Ahmad Jamal, France

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