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Lynn René Bayley
Fanfare, September 2012

I was particularly struck by the incredible singing tone of Niels Pedersen’s bass. He almost makes of it a vocal commentary on Peterson’s piano, particularly in “The Garden of Gethsemane.”

…it is truly exceptional Oscar Peterson. I was stunned to discover that no one ever asked him to record the work, despite its warm reception at the time and the high esteem in which it is held by jazz fans…He was still admired for his extraordinary technique, but the avant-garde had taken over and jazz was considered to be so much further beyond what Peterson was doing. This DVD belongs in the collection of every jazz fan, and I would even recommend it to those who wish to hear a sincere and hugely talented artist express some of his deepest feelings and convictions in jazz terms. © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review

Jim Galloway
The WholeNote, May 2012

the playing is of an exceptionally high standard.

The DVD…features an interesting interview with Peterson in which he admits to an initial scepticism about interpreting such a topic in the medium of jazz and his relation to spiritual music. He also describes in detail the various motifs of the work and I recommend playing the interview before listening to the Suite

The Easter Suite will make an interesting addition to your Peterson collection and we have to thank BBC for making it possible. It is hard to imagine an American network producing such an event. © 2012 The WholeNote Read complete review

Thomas Cunniffe
Jazz History Online, April 2012

…Peterson’s “Easter Suite” is a purely instrumental work. Peterson tells the Resurrection story as a series of contrasting scenes. The suite includes a wide variety of styles including jazz waltz, minor blues, chorale and spiritual. While there are several moments of Peterson’s exuberance…he never loses the reverential focus of the total piece.

Peterson and the trio play snippets from the compositions which stay in the viewer’s memory when the full work is played. The production is understated, with smooth and unobtrusive camerawork throughout. Classic paintings depicting the various scenes are interposed between movements and do not obstruct the presentation of the music. © 2012 Jazz History Online Read complete review

John Henry
Audiophile Audition, March 2012

One can either follow the religious structure of the work or just listen for the excellent mainstream, swinging, jazz-making by Peterson and his two cohorts: Niels-Henning Orstedt Pedersen on acoustic bass and drummer Martin Drew. The setting is well-planned and there are many closeups of Peterson’s keyboard action. The color image is excellent… © 2012 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

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