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'Oscar, With Love' is a jazzy tribute to piano virtuoso Oscar Peterson

'Oscar, With Love' is a jazzy tribute to piano virtuoso Oscar Peterson

Kelly Peterson, widow of the towering piano virtuoso Oscar Peterson, never imagined she would become a record producer.

But for years after her husband's death, in 2007 at age 82, she had been trying to think of ways to honor his legacy and share his compositions with the world. Everyone knew he ranked alongside Art Tatum as one of the supreme deities of the instrument, but his seemingly superhuman technique often overshadowed other aspects of his work — especially his composing.

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