Oscar Peterson used to advise his students not to be afraid of the piano. Somehow, I don’t think it was piano they feared.
Listening to Marius Nordal’s “Notoriety” can be just as intimidating. Nordal’s technical mastery of the piano is immediately apparent, and his arrangements---he’s worked primarily as a composer---are highly original. To echo the words of Count Basie, Nordal plays “a whole lot of piano,” and like all great music, the rewards are ultimately humbling, and greatly appreciated.