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on 27 May 2010
I am quite an advanced jazz pianist and adore Oscar Peterson so bought this in the hope of acquiring some techniques and ideas of the master. I was disappointed. This book is not for experienced jazz pianists - it is for jazz novices who can read music well and wish to get an insight into Oscar Peterson's style of playing. For those who can improvise freely and competently even the hardest minuets at the back of the book offer no real harmonic, rhythmic or musical interest. There are redeeming features, though: it's useful to get 'back into the swing' of reading music (for those jazz pianists whose sight-reading skills have deteriorated) and some of the exercises would be good to practice in every key as warm-ups or drills. Overall it was an unwise choice for me, but mainly because the book is customer-specific. If you are predominantly a classical pianist and wish to get a diluted and beginner-level insight into Oscar Peterson's style of playing, then this is the book for you. If not, then I'd probably stay away.
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