French jazz pianist and composer Claude Bolling pays tribute to Oscar Peterson, Count Basie, Scott Joplin, George Shearing, Dave Brubeck, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Ramsey Lewis, Art Tatum, Jelly Roll Morton and Erroll Garner in a series of 12 original compositions.
Tribute to the Piano Greats, which dates from 2003, first appeared in 1975 under the title With the Help of My Friends. The same tracks appeared on CD as Inspirations in 2000 and finally as Tribute to the Piano Greats. The album is widely available in both CD and download versions under all three titles, so make sure you don't duplicate your purchase.
Below is Bolling's tribute to Oscar Peterson for listening and downloading.
An Oscar for Oscar
From YouTube comes a marvelous 1984 concert appearance in which Bolling plays with Peterson on An Oscar for Oscar. The sound quality is excellent, although the picture quality is not.
Claude Bolling is probably best known in North America for a series of "crossover" collaborations with classical musicians, in particular his Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio with Jean-Pierre Rampal. That album was on the Billboard chart for more than 10 years after its release in 1975.