Oscar Peterson got his wings yesterday.
He was the template...the standard on the piano over the last 50 years that pianists such as Herbie Hancock, Joe Sample, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett (& others) aspired to. For many he was the point of reference.
Peterson shared a seat at the top of the jazz piano food chain (from the Bop period forward) with Dave Brubeck, Gil Evans, Ahmad Jamal & Thelonious Monk. But in terms of pure playing, he is considered by many to be the GOAT.
Oscar Peterson Trio - A Gal In Gallico (1958)
(w/ Ray Brown & Herb Ellis)
Oscar Peterson Trio w/ Coleman Hawkins, and Nat King Cole
You Look Good To Me - Montreux (1977)