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Ralph Peterson & The Messenger Legacy At The Blue LLama

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Ralph Peterson & The Messsenger Legacy The Blue LLama Ann Arbor, Michigan May 25, 2019 Driving distance from both jny: Detroit and jny: Lansing, jny: Ann Arbor has always had a healthy music scene which is further bolstered by the presence of the University of Michigan. Live jazz was on the downtown menu for decades thanks to bassist Ron Brooks and his fabled Bird of Paradise club, which operated from 1985 to 2004. When that ...

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Ralph Peterson & The Messenger Legacy: Legacy Alive, Volume 6 at the Side Door

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Recorded loud and live at the Side Door Jazz Club in Old Lyme, CT, Ralph Peterson—the last drummer to play side-by-side with the incomparable Art Blakey—delivers an unstoppable two-disc hyperdrive swing-fest celebration of his mentor with Legacy Alive, Volume 6 at the Side Door. It's no deep state secret that Blakey, with his effortless and effusive glee, seamlessly bridged all of jazz's thrilling variants: '40's swing and blues; the nascent bop and hard bop of the '50s to ...

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Ralph Peterson's GenNext Big Band: I Remember Bu

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In 1983, Art Blakey invited fellow timekeeper Ralph Peterson to perform with Blakey's two-drummer big band at the Boston Globe Jazz Festival. It was a life-changing experience for Peterson, whose debut album with his Boston-based GenNext Big Band, I Remember Bu, honors Blakey's memory (the late drummer's Muslim name was Abdullah ibn Buhaina, and he was usually called “Bu"). Sharing a name like GenNext, the members of Peterson's ensemble are presumably young and more than likely energetic. The first part ...

YEAR IN REVIEW

C. Andrew Hovan's Best Releases of 2016

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It is hard to believe I have been writing about jazz for All About Jazz for almost 18 years now. During that time period, vinyl was scarce as can be, only to come back recently with a vengeance. With many classic jazz recordings working their way into the area of public domain, ubiquitous CD reissues have offered up even some of the rarest jazz classics to the masses. It has been an exciting ride to say the least. Nonetheless, I ...

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Ralph Peterson's Triangular III at Nighttown

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Ralph Peterson's Triangular III Nighttown Cleveland, Ohio April 9, 2016 With the official CD release happening just the day before, there was a good deal of buzz surrounding a Saturday evening performance in Cleveland featuring drummer Ralph Peterson and his new trio. In fact, the tables were packed in tightly and a bursting crowd had gathered for the evening. Although already established in Latin jazz circles, pianist Zaccai Curtis and bassist Luques Curtis might have ...

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Ralph Peterson: Triangular III

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At the age of 53, Ralph Peterson has come full circle in terms of his role in modern jazz. Back in the '80s, he was considered a “young lion" when he debuted with hard bop collective Out of the Blue. These days, he can be considered an accomplished jazz elder, giving back generously to a new generation of up and comers as a dedicated educator. It is in this spirit that he has assembled a new piano trio group with ...

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Ralph Peterson: Music Teaches You Life

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[Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth] I was recently in Athens, as part of my tour with Jack DeJohnette. Shortly after arriving, I'm sitting in my hotel room, and I get an unexpected call. “Colligan!" “Uh...yes?" And then I hear one of my obscure compositions, “Reaction," being sung by a gravelly yet pitch perfect voice. It could only be one person.... “Ralph? What are you doing here?" Ralph Peterson is ...

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Ralph Peterson: ALIVE at Firehouse12 Vol. 1 - The Unity Project

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Drummer/composer/bandleader Ralph Peterson has got to be one of the hardest working men in jazz today. He seems to drop a new CD every few months, and the kicker is that the theme and product are markedly different than his previous efforts. In addition, he changes lineups like guys change socks. The band on ALIVE At Firehouse 12 Vol. 1--The Unity Project is not the same one on his previous outing, 2012's The Duality Perspective (Onyx). As a matter of ...

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Ralph Peterson: The Duality Perspective

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Balance is often overlooked in music criticism, yet it's such an important aspect in music-making and life. Light doesn't exist without dark, bold only takes shape when placed next to bland and earthbound realities are only truly understood by those who also know how to take flight. Drummer/educator Ralph Peterson understands this better than most, and The Duality Perspective documents his balanced outlook for all to hear. This album is really two records in one, as Peterson ...

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Ralph Peterson's Unity Project: Outer Reaches

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To build the kind of staying power that keeps fans coming back for more, you've got to have consistency. In a jazz world where artists are expected to be self-reliant when it comes to promotion, dropping out for more than half a decade can have some serious implications. Emerging loudly as part of 1980s young lion supergroup Out of the Blue, drummer Ralph Peterson has since built a significant discography with his instrumentally intriguing Fo'Tet, last heard on Fo'Tet Augmented ...

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Ralph Peterson: The Fo'tet Augmented

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Back in the early '90s, drummer Ralph Peterson was hot off an introductory phase that included a part played in the hard bop collective Out of the Blue. Formed by the powers that be at Blue Note upon the resurrection of the iconic label back in 1985, the ensemble saw several youngsters go on to bigger and greener pastures, and for Peterson this would include signing with Blue Note as a solo artist in his own right.

The drummer made ...

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Ralph Peterson: Fo'Tet Augmented

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While drummer Ralph Peterson has forged a consistently strong body of work, it is with his Fo'Tet that he has made his most cogent statement over the past fifteen years. And while more recent Fo'Tet incarnations, including first Steve Wilson and then Ralph Bowen on soprano saxophone, have been successful at maintaining the delicate yet powerful sonority resulting from the combination of a high-end horn and Bryan Carrott's deft vibraphone work, it was when Don Byron held down the reed ...


Summertime Magic

Statik Link captures the sound of Soul and Jazz that was popular in the 1970s with a modern twist. The trumpet, saxophones, and drums were recorded with vintage microphones for a tone like no other.

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