Sunday, July 19, 2009

Chris Gage

The late Vancouver pianist Chris Gage was one of the best pianists this country has ever produced. The fact he died in 1964 at the age of 37 only cements his status as a legend. But even when he was alive, he was revered. His only real rival was the cross-country sensation, Oscar Peterson, who admired Gage from afar. Gage recorded lots on CBC radio and television in his career, but it wasn't until 2007 that he was heard commercially when Justin Time released Our Blues by the Fraser MacPherson Quintet. Here's Gage with his trio, featuring Stan "Cuddles" Johnson on bass and Jimmy Wightman on drums, playing A Taste of Honey.

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Here announcer Howard Bateman introduces a Gage feature after the pianist's death. It features Don Thompson on vibes, Bob Witmer on bass, and Terry Clarke on drums.

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