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Peter Erskine

Peter Erskine has played the drums since the age of four and is known for his versatility and love of working in different musical contexts. He appears on over 600 albums and film scores, and has won two Grammy Awards, plus an Honorary Doctorate from the Berklee School of Music (1992). Fifty albums have been released under his own name or as co-leader. He has played with the Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson Big Bands, Weather Report, Steps Ahead, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Diana Krall, Kenny Wheeler, Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Brecker Brothers, The Yellowjackets, Pat Metheny and Gary Burton, John Scofield, et al, and has appeared as a soloist with the London, Los Angeles, Chicago, Frankfurt Radio, Scottish Chamber, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Royal Opera House, BBC Symphony, Oslo and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras

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The USC Thornton School of Music: Studio Jazz Band 2000

Read "Studio Jazz Band 2000" reviewed by Jack Bowers

I'd have liked nothing better than to list the personnel on Studio Jazz Band 2000, but the album's graphics (small red type on black background) are so poorly conceived that doing so would have required a magnifying glass and the better part of a day, which was asking too much. Thankfully, that's about the only blemish ...

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The USC Thornton Concert Jazz Ensemble: Keep on Keepin' On

Read "Keep on Keepin' On" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The USC Thornton ensemble is composed mainly of freshmen and sophomores, and with that in mind one must reckon that they perform admirably on their first album, a generally palatable stew whose myriad ingredients have been well–seasoned and prudently stirred to accentuate their flavorsome character. The undergrads are given a helping hand on several selections by ...