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Oscar Peterson - Wave (Antonio Carlos Jobim)

Unbelievably pleasant listening, it’s always a wonder that such a big guy could play so delicately and with such attention to detail

A few favourite moments:

2:56: The right hand drops into a tasty blues phrase after the chordal opening to the solo.
3:42: The right hand again, this time with a particularly well articulated straight-8 bebop-style lick.
5:26: Full extent of OPs virtuosity begins with effortless sounding two-handed runs/phrases up and down the piano, riding over the ever-building string backing.

I think this version of Jobim’s classic was recorded in 1969, appearing on various Peterson ‘best of’ and compilation albums, as well as on “The Antonio Carlos Jobim Songbook” on the Verve label.