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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

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 ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Legendary Drummer Peter Erskine To Release “Dr. Um” (Fuzzy Music) On January 15, 2016

Legendary Drummer Peter Erskine To Release “Dr. Um” (Fuzzy Music) On January 15, 2016

Take a look at any list of the world’s greatest drummers, and Peter Erskine’s name will invariably be near the top. For more than four decades, Erskine has proven among the most consistently innovative and reliable masters of his instrument. He’s appeared on over 600 albums and film scores, more than 50 of those albums as ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ada Rovatti: Disguise

Read "Disguise" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

An initial spin of saxophonist Ada Rovatti's Disguise says she hasn't lost a step since 2009's The Green Factor (Piloo Records). There's still the judicious funk grooves, the tight arrangements, and catchy and distinctive melodies that make for an engaging and edifying listening experience. And she's still a wonderfully soulful saxophonist.

These are quintet, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Janek Gwizdala: Cooking Up A Little Bass Magic

Read "Janek Gwizdala: Cooking Up A Little Bass Magic" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Virtuosity is not something innate but is rather the result of years of dedication to one's instrument. English-born, Los Angeles-based electric bassist/composer Janek Gwizdala certainly qualifies as a virtuoso but he's the first to acknowledge that the learning--and the practice--never ends. Gwizdala knows that great technical ability, however, doesn't automatically equate with great music, and his ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Paul Augustin: Putting Penang On The Jazz Map

Read "Paul Augustin: Putting Penang On The Jazz Map" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Most jazz festival directors would agree that survival is the name of the game in the first years. Unless a festival has the financial backing of a major sponsor it can be a knife edge existence attempting to rustle up private sponsorship and the kind of good will that is required in abundance to meet the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Tierney Sutton at Jazz Standard

Read "Tierney Sutton at Jazz Standard" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

Tierney Sutton
With Special guest Peter Erskine
Jazz Standard
New York, NY
October 10, 2013

As Tierney Sutton began the first set of her four-night residence at New York's Jazz Standard in celebration of the release of her Joni Mitchell project After Blue (BFM Jazz, 2013), ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Janek Gwizdala: Theatre By The Sea

Read "Theatre By The Sea" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Inside a decade, English musician Janek Gwizdala has positioned himself as one of the top electric bassists in New York, boasting a technique and a melodic ear that places him alongside bassists Gary Willis and Matthew Garrison. His acclaimed debut, Mystery to Me (Self Produced, 2005) featured rising stars such as saxophonist Mark Turner, guitarist Tim ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Sligo Jazz Project 2013: Days 4-6

Read "Sligo Jazz Project 2013: Days 4-6" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Sligo Jazz Project
Various Venues
Sligo, Ireland
July 16-21, 2013

After three action-packed days at Sligo Jazz Project, with SJP founder/bassist Eddie Lee and drummer David Lyttle's world premiere of The Barinthus Suite providing an unforgettable highlight, the first signs of attrition amongst the students were beginning to show. The non-stop nature of the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Sligo Jazz Project 2013: Days 1-3

Read "Sligo Jazz Project 2013: Days 1-3" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Sligo Jazz Project
Various Venues
Sligo, Ireland
July 16-21, 2013

For such a small country, perched on the Western extreme of Europe, Ireland has created a disproportionate amount of history, and had more than its fair share thrust upon it. Everywhere, history informs the landscape and the collective memory. Sligo, home to the Sligo ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Mike Stern And Victor Wooten For Sligo Jazz Project, 16-21 July

Mike Stern And Victor Wooten For Sligo Jazz Project, 16-21 July

The Sligo Jazz Project returns for its eighth edition from the 16th to 21st July. The SJP is unique among jazz festivals in Ireland in that it combines a summer school and full festival programme. This year, SJP welcomes former Miles Davis guitarist Mike Stern, pianist Kenny Werner and two of the greatest contemporary electric bassists ...