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The Piano Player Sings: Oscar Peterson

Oscar Peterson was one of jazz’s most popular pianists, but on a couple of occasions he did albums on which he sang as well.

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Oscar Peterson's recent Mosaic Records anthology includes some rare vocal recordings that the pianist made in the early 1950s.

Oscar Peterson–piano virtuoso and singer?

A recent Mosaic Records anthology includes some vocal recordings that the pianist made in the early 1950s.

Peterson sang well, but his sound was remarkably similar to another popular pianist-turned-singer of the times… which led to a rather amusing exchange, detailed in the show.

Also this week: Frank Sinatra takes an unlikely turn with a popular 1970s singer-songwriter, trumpeter Howard McGhee plays Cole Porter, and vocal tracks from Mark Murphy, Tony Bennett, Melody Gardot, and Helen Forrest with Artie Shaw.

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