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Fusion Frenzy?

Read "Fusion Frenzy?" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

We think of fusion as a music of the seventies, but its traditions live on today as various artists return to the genre to try out new experiments as well as offer their own spins on older approaches. This podcast looks at two somewhat uncharacteristic examples of fusion from the seventies—one a studio-band workout on pop tunes of the day, the other an extension of the Miles Davis / Herbie Hancock schools of fusion, then look at two recent releases ...

SOCAL JAZZ

Peter Erskine: Up Front, In Time, and On Call

Read "Peter Erskine: Up Front, In Time, and On Call" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Peter Erskine is affable, engaging, and humorous. He, of course, is also one of the finest drummers of his generation. He has left his mark on the jazz and fusion world for nearly fifty years now. An icon, whose name is mentioned with the greats of all time, Erskine continues to gift us as he forges ahead by crafting new music, sharing his knowledge and expertise with aspiring young musicians, and continuing to reinvent himself again and again with a ...

IN PICTURES

Peter Erskine Group at the 2017 Ospedaletti Jazz Festival

Read "Peter Erskine Group at the 2017 Ospedaletti Jazz Festival" reviewed by Carlo Mogavero

The Peter Erskine Group was the highlight of the 2017 Ospedaletti Jazz Festival on August 4th in the Liguria region of Italy. Held at an amphitheater of a local park, the sold out show was attended by jazz fans from as far away as neighboring France. The band was comprised of Peter Erskine (drums), John Beasley (keyboards), Bob Sheppard (saxophone), and Benjamin Shepherd (bass). Erskine's remarkable resume includes time with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, Weather Report, Chick Corea, Gary Burton, ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Peter Erskine New Trio: In Praise of Shadows

Read "In Praise of Shadows" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Expecting the delicately brooding pastel hues of his piano trio recordings for ECM Records, my socks were pleasantly knocked off from the git-go by Peter Erskine's New Trio. In Praise of Shadows opens with a slyly sweet, reggae-infused rendition of “Sukiyaki," a Japanese folk tune that became a surprise novelty hit for Kyu Sakamoto back in 1963. Erskine's version, featuring guest Judd Miller on electronic whistling, hints at the deeper meaning of the song, whose title--literally translated--means “I Look Up ...

BAILEY'S BUNDLES

A Mixed Bag - Joonsam, Petros Klampanis, O.R.K., Peter Erskine, David Ambrosio/Russ Meissner

Read "A Mixed Bag - Joonsam, Petros Klampanis, O.R.K., Peter Erskine, David Ambrosio/Russ Meissner" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Joonsam A Door Origin Records 2016 South Korean bassist Joonsam Lee moved to jny: New York City in 2007 and began composing...composing and meeting other like-minded musicians with whom to share ideas. For his debut recording, Lee has assembled these compositions, choosing those which reflect his many musical interests and experiences. With his sturdy rhythm featuring pianist Aaron Parks and drummer Nate Wood--Joonsam (who goes by this single name) adds trumpeter Ralph Alessi on trumpet ...

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Peter Erskine Trio: John Taylor/Palle Danielsson: As it Was

Read "As it Was" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Over the course of five years in the 1990s, drummer Peter Erskine, pianist John Taylor and bassist Palle Danielsson came very close to perfecting the contemporary piano trio presentation. Across four ECM releases, You Never Know (1993), Time Being (1994), As It Is (1996) and Juni (1999), the international group, all with prior ECM history, came together under the uncustomary leadership of a drummer. The body of their work as a collective reflected their individual aspirations toward sharing the complimentary ...

INTERVIEWS

Peter Erskine: Paging Dr. Um

Read "Peter Erskine: Paging Dr. Um" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

There's not much ground drummer Peter Erskine hasn't covered. He's said to have appeared on more than 600 albums. He has won two Grammys and holds an honorary doctorate from the Berklee College of Music. He's been a part of the big bands of Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson, and has played with the likes of Steps Ahead, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Diana Krall, the Brecker Brothers, John Abercrombie, Bob Mintzer, Eliane Elias and many more. Then there's ...

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Peter Erskine: Dr. Um

Read "Dr. Um" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

It would appear that this project has awakened the Peter Erskine of yore, the drummer who became legend while cresting the waves of fusion with Weather Report and Steps Ahead. In recent years Erskine's drumming has been spare, elegant, open, and, in enough instances, lightly swinging. If one word would come to mind to describe that playing, it would be “tasteful." But does that automatically mean that joining forces with some plugged-in players and laying down some ...

BOOK REVIEWS

No Beethoven: An Autobiography and Chronicle of Weather Report

Read "No Beethoven: An Autobiography and Chronicle of Weather Report" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

No Beethoven: An Autobiography and Chronicle of Weather Report Peter Erskine 320 pages ISBN: 978-0316194754 Fuzzy Music 2013 Drummer Peter Erskine's No Beethoven reads like the random travelogue of a touring band. Quotes, letters, personal vignettes interspersed with many photographs, the book is a stream-of-conscience wave of memory and analysis. Written thus, it may be read in fits and starts with no loss of story. Pick this book up, turn anywhere, read, lay ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Peter Erskine / Bob Mintzer / Darek Oles / Alan Pasqua: Standards 2, Movie Music

Read "Standards 2, Movie Music" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Standards hold a particular fascination for drummer Peter Erskine, as initiated through his Grammy-nominated Standards(Fuzzy Music, 2008). Unlike that first album--comprised primarily of old jazz standards--Standards 2, Movie Music focuses on songs that are considered standards from the realm of Hollywood movies. Featuring music from Gone With The Wind (1939), considered by many to be one of the best movies ever made, to the main theme from Rosemary's Baby (1968), this unusual collection of songs, by necessity, has to leave ...

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Peter Erskine / Bob Mintzer / Derek Oles / Alan Pasqua: Standards 2, Movie Music

Read "Standards 2, Movie Music" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

While the songs featured on Standards 2, Movie Music were given an initial audience through the medium of film, some of them have led a fruitful existence beyond the borders of the silver screen. Some melodies--like Tara's Theme," from 1939's Gone With The Wind--will always be associated with their point of origin, but much of Cole Porter's catalog, including the two inclusions on this album ("Night And Day" and “I Concentrate On You"), is more familiar to current audiences than ...

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Peter Erskine / Bob Mintzer / Darek Oles / Alan Pasqua: Standards 2, Movie Music

Read "Standards 2, Movie Music" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Composers of movie soundtracks have crafted some of the most enduring tunes for jazz treatment. Names like Leonard Bernstein, Cole Porter, Krzysztof Komeda, and Ennio Maricone show up in the credits of innumerable albums, with tunes that shape moods and atmospheres, and supply jazz artists with engaging melodies galore.Drummer Peter Erskine has collected a crack quartet which has, in turn, collected ten tunes from various movie soundtracks for a near perfect jazz outing, one with that swings with ...