For any jazz aficionado, this Oscar Peterson live DVD is a treat and a necessity. At 79, the last great pianist from jazz's golden era has still got the juice, which he showcases proudly but without any of the digging-his-own-vibe facial expressions that his bassist indulges in during this hour-and-a-half-long display of virtuosity, recorded last fall at Vienna's palatial Musikverein concert hall.
Sporting a swirl-patterned blue tapestry suit with matching sapphire cufflinks, the Canadian legend rolls through originals and covers. He summons the names of his contemporaries who've passed away over the past year - Norman Granz, Ray Brown and John Lewis - before playing Requiem, a song in their honour, making the evening that much more poignant.
Extras include a Christopher Plummer-narrated biography tracking the legend from his Montreal childhood under the thumb of his demanding father through the New York jazz scene of the 40s and 50s to his current icon status; all of his album covers on Verve; a picture of the Austrian postage stamp that immortalizes his image; and an audio CD of the amazing show.