The great Oscar Peterson and his talented protege Benny Green celebrate their unique musical relationship and the piano. Joined by legendary bassist Ray Brown and drummer Gregory Hutchinson, they deliver eleven outstanding tracks on Oscar and Benny.
Pianist Oscar Peterson has undoubtedly proven to be one of the most influential pianists of any generation in jazz, and many pianists are indebted to his unique artistry. Oscar and Benny singles out for celebration one particularly close musical relationship, uniting the legendary pianist with the young musician, Benny Green, officially named his protégé in 1993 when Peterson won the prestigious Glenn Gould prize.
The two pianists first performed together in 1996 at a gala Town Hall concert in honor of Peterson. The New York Times said of that first musical meeting, "The bejeweled blues sensibility of the 71-year old pianist was evident in the younger as they traded sections of melody lines and choruses..."
For these congenial sessions, Peterson and Green selected a number of standards, exploring a wide variety of moods and styles. In addition, in the final number, "Barbara's Blues, the rhythm section sits out while Peterson and Green present a dazzling two-piano tapestry. Oscar and Benny features the two pianists celebrating their mutual admiration and musical bond with eloquence and infectious joy.