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30 December 2007



"To some extent, he was a victim of fashion, as the most celebrated pianists of the mid-1950s and '60s were players whose ideas were considerably stronger than their technique: Dave Brubeck, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea. Even those whose playing flirted with virtuosity, such as Keith Jarrett or Cecil Taylor, seldom dazzled as Peterson did.

In short, Peterson had the misfortune of being a musical moderate at a time when all the big noise was being made by radicals and rebels."

Perplexing indeed - I've never heard anyone fault the technique of Evans, Tyner or Corea. Also, I wonder if there was ever a time when "all the big noise" was made by "moderates."

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