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Peter Epstein


Peter Epstein began his career in 1984 in Portland, Oregon where he apprenticed with resident musicians Nancy King and Glen Moore. In 1992, after four years of studying jazz and various world music genres at California Institute of the Arts, Peter earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and relocated to New York City. Since then he has appeared on over 30 recordings and toured in more than 20 countries with artists including Bobby Previte, Brad Shepik, Ralph Alessi, Michael Cain, Medeski, Martin, & Wood, Mike Stern, Jim Black, Ravi Coltrane, and many others. As a leader, Peter has released four albums for MA Recordings. His most recent album for MA, Old School, features Peter Erskine on drums and Scott Colley on Bass


Two Legs Bad

Label: Shifting Paradigm Records
Released: 2024
Track listing: Conjunction; B320; Never Odd or Even; Tepper; Two Legs BadTwo Legs Bad; Bass Case; Pajaro Dunes.



Label: Origin Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Hansepts; Pajaro Dunes; Osmosis; Push; Leaping Forward; Apex; To Quincy; Devotion; Bemsha Swing; Silence.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jeremy Dutton, Laurent Cugny, Peter Epstein, Aki Rissanen & More

Read "Jeremy Dutton, Laurent Cugny, Peter Epstein, Aki Rissanen & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The Fender Rhodes is back and everywhere (actually, it never left)! And so is Peter Epstein almost a decade after his acclaimed album Polarities, and with a new sextet! We'll get all of that, and more, in this edition of Mondo Jazz.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & ...


Article: Play This!

Peter Epstein, Brad Shepik, Matt Kilmer: Temoin

Read "Peter Epstein, Brad Shepik, Matt Kilmer: Temoin" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

The nimble “Temoin" is one of the many piquant delights this unusually formatted trio (sax, guitar, frame drum) puts forth on Lingua Franca (Songlines, 2005), The absence of upright or electric bass creates a tangibly wider sonic space for their ethnically-tinged, odd-metered romps and highlights their wonderfully telepathic interplay. At times subtle, at others spicy, the ...


Article: Album Review

Manzanita Quintet: Osmosis

Read "Osmosis" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The tried and true quintet formation, set in stone by alto saxophonist Charlie Parker and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie in the late 1940s, is back in 2022 with the Reno, Nevada-based Manzanita Quintet. So how do they give a fresh shine to a sound that could be considered “done to death?" On Osmosis the ...


Song of the Day


Label: Origin Records
Released: 2023
Duration: 07:11


Article: BackTracks

Ethnic Embraces

Read "Ethnic Embraces" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

For the fourth installment in the continuing BackTracks series, we take a look at some notable releases that infuse their jazz with stylistic spice indigenous to different regions of the world—namely North Africa, the Iberian peninsula and the Balkans. As BackTracks was on a hiatus of sorts (and because these recordings seemed to emerge in matched ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Giancarlo Schiaffini & Sergio Armaroli and Kopasetic artists

Read "Giancarlo Schiaffini & Sergio Armaroli and Kopasetic artists" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Deconstructing one of the original deconstructers of jazz, Thelonious Monk, is no easy task, but the Italian duo of trombonist Giancarlo Schiaffini and percussionist Sergio Armaroli do exactly that on their new album Deconstructing Monk In Africa. It's one of the more unusual releases of late; you'll hear an excerpt from their extended work. Monk is ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

20 Years of One Man’s Jazz

Read "20 Years of One Man’s Jazz" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This show marks the 20th anniversary of One Man's Jazz which began its radio journey on May 1, 1999 at CKUW 95.9 FM in Winnipeg, eventually shifting to extraterrestrial Taint Radio in 2012. Rather than just play something from my favourite recording list for each of those twenty years (that was too easy), I decided to ...


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