Renaissance- a Tribute to Oscar Peterson
Gary Motley is one America's most highly regarded jazz pianists. During his career, he has established a professional association with many of today's leaders in jazz, having worked with artists ranging from Dave Brubeck to Clarke Terry. Gary has been recognized with awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Great American Jazz Piano Competition, and the American Composers Forum. Gary has also been featured in Downbeat Magazine and on Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland (NPR). About Renaissance... This recording is dedicated to pianist Oscar Peterson-one of the most prolific musicians of the twentieth century. A consummate artist and performer, Peterson's artistry has influenced pianists worldwide. Renaissance is not an attempt to render a stylistic recreation of Peterson's unrivaled pianistic prowess. Rather, it is a tribute to his musicianship and creativity. The compositions contained in this recording reflect various elements of Peterson's style and technique. While we have lost one of the greatest musical innovators of our time in Oscar Peterson, Renaissance is but one embodiment of the "rebirth" that his influence will engender for generations to come. If you are a fan of Oscar Peterson, Milt Jackson and Ray Brown, you will enjoy Renaissance.