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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Part 1 - Classic Originals
Blues for Big Scotia
Hymn to Freedom
Place St Henri
Part 2 Oscar Peterson Plays The Blues
Blues of the Praires
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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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
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
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