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Lloyd N. Peterson Jr.

Lloyd Peterson is the author of the book "Music and the Creative Spirit"

About Me

After dealing with an chronic health issue for the past couple of years, it's good to be back writing again. "Music has existed since before the dawn of man, before the creation of our universe and is the only single common thread that exists between all societies and cultures. Only music alone has the power to communicate through our differences in religion and politics. It is through music that we can break through the bridges of cultural intollerence and find the wisdom to understand and focus on the things we have in common, and not on the matter that separates us..." The interviews included here with "All About Jazz" are from my previous book, "Music and the Creative Spirit" which is part of the Rutger's University Jazz Institute Jazz series along with my forthcoming publication, "Wisdom Through Music". Michael Ricci and John Kelman are providing some of the most critical and significant work in music and art today and I am sincerely honored to have my work considered by them. Never before has there been a music related periodical or web based site that is as diverse, non genre political and as open as "All About Jazz". Most importantly, AAJ reflects the open personal expression and free artistic spirit that we all want from music and in our lives. Please support them! In brief, I was Born and raised in Seattle, my mother is originally from Japan and my father's family from Norway. The two most significant points in my life were hearing Jimi Hendrix and John Coltrane for the very first time. But perhaps even more significant was experiencing music through the eyes and ears of my mother prior to birth. That wonderful and amazing experience is still with me today. It is music itself that guided me through tremendously difficult times during my youth and it is debt that I will forever owe....

My Favorites

  1. There are more than a few but if music is a lifelong search for you, then these are essential.
  2. Jimi Hendrix, Band of Gypsys & Electric Ladyland or anything else by this spiritual genius.
  3. John Coltrane - The Complete 1961 Village Vanguard Recordings, A Love Supreme, Ballads, Blue Train, Sun Ship, Ascension, Meditations, The Gentle Side, Soultrane, Live at Birdland
  4. Ravi Shankar - Anything by another spiritual genius. If his music would have been more western, he would have been much, much larger than he already is. One of the greatest!
  5. Albert Ayler - Spiritual Unity & Holy Ghost
  6. Miles Davis - The Complete Live at the Plugged Nickle, Live at the Fillmore East, Live Evil, anything by either Quintet & Kind of Blue
  7. Bob Marley - Exodus
  8. Tedeschi Trucks Band - Everybody's Talkin'
  9. Joe McPhee- Nation Time, Underground Railroad & anything else by Mr.McPhee
  10. Atomic - Retrograde, Such a great band!
  11. Bob Dylan -all of his work is important and relevant regardless of the time period.
  12. Curtis Mayfield - Live at the Bitter End & The "People Get Ready" box set
  13. Pierre Boulez - Repons & The Complete Webern
  14. Pierre Boulez - Bartok, The Piano Concertos
  15. The Allman Brothers - Live at Fillmore East
  16. Nina Simone - Antholog
  17. Martha Argerich - Rachmaninoff, Concerto #3 inD minor, Op 30
  18. Anne Sophie-Mutter - Rihm: Lichtes Spiel; Currier: Time Machines
  19. Barry Guy - Oade & anything by the Barry Guy Orchestra
  20. Ken Vandermark - Anything by this brilliant mind!
  21. Roscoe Mitchell - Composition/Improvisation No's 1, 2 & 3
  22. Evan Parker - Boustrophedon, just for starters....
  23. Steve Lacy & Mal Waldron - Live at Drehel, Paris (1981) Vol's 1 & 2
  24. Public Enemy - It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
  25. Bill Frisell - Blues Dream, Good Dog, Happy Man, Have a Little Faith & Floratone
  26. Atomic/School Days - Distil
  27. Peter Brotzmann - Machine Gun and everything else by Sir Brotzmann!
  28. Chicago Tentet - Octet/Tentet
  29. Bill Evans - Everybody Digs Bill Evans & any one of the box sets
  30. Jimmy Giuffre - Free Fall
  31. Noah Howard - The Black Ark
  32. Ravi Shankar - Ragas and Tablas/ Live In New York
  33. Ben Webster - Soulville
  34. Munir Bashir - Mesopotamia
  35. Joe Satriani - Live in San Francisco
  36. Johnny Hodges - With Billy Stayhorn and the Orchestra
  37. Louis Moholo-Moholo/Marilyn Crispell - Sibanye (We are One)
  38. Marilyn Crispell - A study in spirituality through music-all of it!
  39. Marvin Gaye - What's Going On & Let's Get It On
  40. Pharoah Sanders - Thembi
  41. William Parker - Petit Oiseau and anything else by Mr. Parker
  42. Pat Metheny - Secret Story
  43. Pat Metheny & Charlie Haden - Beyond the Missouri Sky
  44. Ornette Coleman & Pat Metheny - Song X
  45. Ornette Coleman - Complete Science Fiction sessions
  46. Ornette Coleman - Beauty is a Rare Thing (Complete Atlantic Recordings)
  47. Eric Dolphy - Out to Lunch
  48. Eric Dolphy - The Complete Prestige Recordings
  49. Art Blakey - Free For All (Some of Wayne Shorter's greatest playing)
  50. Barry Guy, Marilyn Crispell & Paul Lytton - Odyssey and Phases in the Night
  51. Duke Ellington - Such Sweet Thunder
  52. Duke Ellington - Blues in Orbit
  53. Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster
  54. Cecil Taylor Qtet - NAILED with Evan Parker, Barry Guy, Tony Oxley
  55. The Necks - Chemist
  56. Wayne Shorter - The All Seeing Eye
  57. Taj Mahal & Toumani Diabate - Kulanjan
  58. The Thing - Now and Forever
  59. Ingebrigt Haker Flaten - The Year of the Boar
  60. Randy Weston - The Spirits of Our Ancesters
  61. Mats Gustafsson, Barry Guy & Raymond Strid - You Forget to Answer
  62. Charlie Parker - The Complete Live Performances on Savoy
  63. Gyorgy Ligeti - Clear or Cloudy (The Complete Recordings)
  64. Riccardo Chailly w/Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - MAHLAR 5
  65. Ellington, Mingus & Roach - Money Jungle
  66. Merle Haggard - Down Every Road (box set)
  67. Aster Aweke - Ballads
  68. Mahmoud Ahmed - Tzita, Volumes 1 & 2
  69. Ethiopiques Series - Volumes 1 thru 23
  70. Neil Young - After the Gold Rush, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Live at Fillmore East, Tonight's the Night, Ragged Glory, Zuma & On The Beach
  71. Shawn Lane, Jonas Hellborg & Apt. Q-258 - Temporal Analogues of Paradise
  72. John Zorn - Anything by Masada along with his classical pieces
  73. Edgar Varese - Complete Works
  74. Frank Zappa - Shut Up and Play Your Guitar 1-3
  75. Frank Zappa - Roxy and Elsewhere & The Grand Wazoo
  76. Dave Douglas - Witness & Infinite
  77. Yo Yo Ma - Yo Yo Ma plays Ennio Morricone
  78. Don Cherry - anything by the great Don Cherry
  79. Muhal Richard Abrams - Vision Towards Essence
  80. Xenakis - Orchestral Works, Volumes 1 thru 3
  81. Kronos Quartet - Complete String Quartets of Alfred Schnittke
  82. Henryk Gorecki - Symphony 3, Sorrowful Songs
  83. Alban Berg - Collection
  84. Wadada Leo Smith - The Kabell Years
  85. Dave Matthews Band - Live in Central Park
  86. Karlheinz Stockhausen - Mantra
  87. Paul Rucker with guest Bill Frisell - History of an Apology
  88. Stevie Wonder - Innervisions
  89. Keith Jarrett - Live In Vienna & The Sun Bear Concerts
  90. Mitsuko Uchida - The Complete Mozart Sonatas
  91. David Murray - Ming
  92. Earl Scruggs - The Essential Earl Scruggs
  93. Cannonball Adderley - Somethin' Else
  94. Sam Rivers - Contours
  95. Dexter Gordon - Our Man In Paris
  96. Otomo Yoshihide - Cathode
  97. Brad Mehldau - Art of the Trio (Series)
  98. Bill Monroe - The Essential Bill Monroe
  99. Mauizio Pollini - Lizt, Sonata in b minor
  100. Mark O'Connor - The American Seasons
  101. Yo Yo Ma, Mark O'Connor & Edgar Meyer - Appalachia Waltz
  102. Jerry Douglas - The Best Kept Secret
  103. Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer & Russ Barenberg - Skip, Hop & Wobble
  104. David Grisman & Tony Rice - Tone Poems
  105. Havard Wiik - Palinode
  106. Led Zeppelin - How the West Was Won
  107. Anthony Braxton - Anything by Braxton
  108. Cecil Taylor - Anything by Taylor
  109. Neil Young - Live at Fillmore East
  110. CSN&Y - 4 Way Street (Not sure why some dismiss this powerful and inspiring work)
  111. Grateful Dead - Live Dead & any of the Dicks Picks series
  112. Paul Bley - Barrage, Solo & Solo Piano
  113. John Scofield - Enroute & Saudades with the Trio Beyond
  114. Jackie McLean - Anything by the late McLean
  115. Buddy Guy - Can't Quit the Blues
  116. Hank Mobley - Soul Station & Roll Call
  117. Art Pepper - The Complete Village Vanguard Sessions
  118. Eric Dolphy - The Complete Prestige Recordings
  119. Sonny Rollins - A Night at the Village Vanguard
  120. Bud Powell - Anything by Powell
  121. Art Ensemble of Chicago - Their music is all part of a creative search and is essential
  122. Sun Ra - Same as above
  123. 2PAC - All Eyes On Me & Me Against the World
  124. Andrew Hill - Pax
  125. Freddie Hubbard - Ready for Freddie & Red Clay
  126. Bartok - Anything by Bartok
  127. Bob Dylan - Anything by Dylan
  128. Charlie Parker - Live Performances on Savoy
  129. Thomas Stanko - Litania
  130. Dave Holland - Conference of the Birds
  131. Roy Campbell - Royal Stew and Brew
  132. Ali Farka Toure - Sabane'
  133. Anoushka Shankar - Anoushka
  134. Salif Keita - Moffou
  135. Ghazal - As Night Falls on the Silk Road & The Rain
  136. Terence Blanchard - A Tale of God's Will (Requiem for Katrina)
  137. Emerson String Quartet - Mendelssohn (The Complete String Quartets)
  138. Grachan Moncur III - Exploration
  139. Femi Kuti - Africa Shrine & Day by Day
  140. John Lennon - Imagine
  141. Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians & Drums
  142. Fred Anderson - anything by Professor Anderson with Hamid Drake
  143. Beatles - Abby Road
  144. Alexendar Von Schlippenbach - Hunting the Snake & Pakistani Pomade
  145. Sonny Sharrock - Ask the Ages
  146. Chicago - CTA
  147. U2 - Joshua Tree & Achtung Baby
  148. Eva Cassidy - Live at Blues Alley
  149. Santana - Caravanseria & Lotus
  150. Rahim Alhaj - Iraqi Music in a Time of War & When the Soul is Settled
  151. Enrico Rava Quintet - Plays Miles Davis
  152. Tom Waits - Mule Variations
  153. George Harrison - All Things Must Pass

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