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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 ...

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: ALBUM 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, ...

Theatre By The Sea

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2013
Track listing: Erdnase; España; Portugal; Randroid; Once I Knew; Fooling Houdini; Theatre by the Sea; The Goshman; Chicago Opener.

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

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: INTERVIEW

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 REVIEW

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: ALBUM 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 REVIEW

Sligo Jazz Project 2013: Days 4-6

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

Sligo Jazz ProjectVarious VenuesSligo, Ireland July 16-21, 2013After 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 ...


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