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Oscar Peterson: Note-For-Note Transcriptions of Classic Recordings! [With Performances of Transcriptions by Miles Black] Spiral-bound – 1 Aug 2000

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  • Spiral-bound: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Pg Music Inc.; Spi Pap/Co edition (Aug. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0968512003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0968512005
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 2 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,584,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S J Buck TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Oct. 2006
For Jazz Piano players out there who like Oscar Peterson this is the sheet music book to buy. There are 18 tracks:

Part 1 - Classic Originals

Blues for Big Scotia

Chicago Blues

Hogtown Blues

Hymn to Freedom


Night Time

Place St Henri

The Smudge

Part 2 Oscar Peterson Plays The Blues

Blues Etude

Blues of the Praires

Gay's Blues

Greasy Blues

Kelly's Blues

Oscar's Boogie


Riff Blues

Ron's Blues

Texas Blues

These are all transcribed by Jazz Pianist Miles Black and they are very very accurate. So if you've ever wanted to know what Oscar plays here it is. Naturally this means that some of them are phenomenally difficult. Noteably Chicago Blues which is a transcription from "The Trio" album, you'll have to be very good to get this even close to the original. To help you there is very good CD that comes with the book, with all the pieces played by Miles Black.

For the average pianist this will give you some great licks and a chance to play through some of Oscar's best compositions like Hymn to Freedom and Hogtown Blues of which at least the themes are playable for mere mortals.

Buy it before it goes out of print!
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if you can play the piano, give mr Oscar Peterson a listen and buy this book. It goes into great depth
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x98d9300c) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97a64cc0) out of 5 stars Inspiring, challenging and rewarding 4 Mar. 2004
By Eran Levy - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this book since Peterson is my favorite jazz pianist, and I'm playing the piano as a small hobby. And - I'm pleased with the book!
The transcriptions, as you might expect, are from a particular recording - 2 performances of the same jazz piece by the same artist will usually sound different... And indeed I have a few CDs in which some of the pieces from the book are performed with different improvisations and in different rhythm. But I did get some of the recordings the book refers to, and indeed the transcriptions are accurate. Note-for-note, as declared in the book. At least for the right hand...
In any case, most of the pieces as they are in the book sound great and cool (if you manage to play them!). Great moves, passages and improvisation techniques that give you a good taste of the musical world of one of the best jazz pianist ever.
I found myself using the passages and the ideas from the book in other jazz pieces, such as those from the Real Books. So performing the pieces as they are isn't the only reward you'll get - it will also improve your improvisation capability and technique in general.
I recommend studying at least a basic jazz theory before trying play from this book, so that you can understand the scales used for improvisations, the progressions and the left hand work done in the book. Besides, some of the pieces don't contain a left hand transcription. But since the technique for the left hand used by Peterson and in the book (tensions and voice spreading, for example) is covered by most theory books, you can easily figure it out by yourself.
There are no transcriptions for the bass line. But chords are written all the way (not all are 100% accurate actually), which makes it easy to play with a bass/guitar player.
As to the required level of playing - all the pieces in the book are hard to very hard to perform. Oscar Peterson was a great virtuous. You'd better work on your technique if you'd like to master them! Those who come from a classical music background will probably find it easier to read and play such scores.
There are no fingering specified, so it might be better for you to write down the fingering for the hard passages and such.
The accompanying CD is pretty helpful. It contains the piano parts performed exactly as they are written in the book, in the left channel (not performed by Peterson, of course. And played in MIDI I believe. Still, pretty nice), and bass and drum lines for some of the pieces in the right channel - useful if you'd like to play along with the bass/drums.
To conclude, I highly recommend this book for any jazz pianist (with a good enough technique!) or a classical pianist who wishes to try a good jazz
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9951c1f8) out of 5 stars Oscar Peterson 14 Jan. 2000
By Oliver - Published on Amazon.com
THis book is a collection of songs that Oscar Peterson approved himself. These transcriptions of classic songs such as "Hymn to Freedom" and "Oscar's boogie" are in it however these transcriptions are for real. They are seriously hard to play because they literally are note for note. Only if you are a seriously good pianist should you get this book. The master of jazz has it hardcore here, no simple stuff. Its the real stuff. On the up side, its magnificent.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99285ca8) out of 5 stars Great resource for learning the from a legend. 11 Oct. 2009
By Tenreader - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a firm believer in learning from recordings as much as possible. I'm an ear musician. Sometimes, though, the recording, or the piano I'm trying to hear isn't as clear as I would like, or the passage is so quick, it's very difficult to pick out all the notes (or even the scale source.) This book/CD combo is a great resource for really breaking down these solos. The playing is clear and prominent, the written music is easy to follow, and I'm able to use both to really add to my musical palate. I don't want to learn the solos note for note so I can play them back just as Peterson played them. I want to get ideas that I can use in any context. This product helps me to do just that.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b1bc2ac) out of 5 stars Great book - thanks Oscar! 22 Feb. 2000
By Brian G. - Published on Amazon.com
This is a great book, and I recommend it to all students of jazz piano. The book has lots of piano transcriptions from records, and its actually authored by Oscar Peterson himself. There's an accompanying audio CD so that you can hear the music as well.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97b16d8c) out of 5 stars Oscar Peterson Classics and Blues - Note for Note 2 Mar. 2013
By CGIsackson - Published on Amazon.com
This book is absolutely loaded with 262 pages of magical chord progressions and blues riffs. Take each piece slowly and try your skills. Sort out your fingering for speed, as there are some quarter note speeds posted at 250+! Just do what you can and your jazz has got to improve after seeing what Oscar Peterson has done. There are not many books like this.

Here are the complete contents. I do not know why they are not posted prominantly for such an expensive collection:
Oscar Peterson NOTE FOR NOTE Transcriptions of Classic Recordings
BY Miles Black
*PART I - Classic Originals:
Blues for Big Sotia 6
Chicago Blues 31
Hogtown Blues 60
Hymn to Freedom 72
Nightengale 87
Night TIme 118
Place St. Henri 140
The Smudge 163
*PART II - Oscar Peterson Plays The Blues:
Blues Etude 183
Blues of the Prairies 195
Gay's Blues 202
Greasy Blues 212
Kelly's Blues 221
Oscar's Boogie 231
R.B. Blues 244
Riff Blues 249
Ron's Blues 257
Texas Blues 262
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