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Peter Erskine

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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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Convergency

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Convergency; Uncommonly Ground; Duelity; A Gathering Circle; A Curve in the Road; Inner Voices; Sometimes a Notion; Vanishing Point; And Now the News; I Had the Craziest Dream.

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Jivin' with Joni: The Lost Recordings 1978-1979

Label: April First Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Disc 1: It Goes Like This, Joni I-II-III; Elbow Room; Boogie Woogie Man (Groove 1);Charlie Chatter (1); Joni Replies(1); Screwdriver Monday (Sketch); The Wolf That Lives In Lindsey (Alternate); More Charlie Chatter; Edith and The Kingpin; You're Old Enough To Say Goodnight (False Start); Your Guardian Angel Can't Relax (Demo & Rehearsal Mix); Joni & Charlie. Disc 2: The Whole Outdoor Scene; The Ballad of Toots Banger; Pieces of Wisconsin; Pieces of Wisconsin (End Piece); A Chair In the Sky (demo); Evergreen Eyes (Joni Home Recording); Sweet Sucker Dance (Alternate); God Must be a Boogie Man (Rehearsal & Alternate); Goodbye Pork Pie Hat/ Moanin'/ Woodstock/ Caravan/ All the Things You Could Be By Now If Sigmund Freud's Wife Was Your Mother; You're Old Enough To Say Goodnight. Disc 3: Happy Birthday 1975 (Rap); God Must Be a Boogie Man; Funeral (Rap); A Chair in the Sky; The Wolf That Lives in Lindsey; I's a Muggin'; Sweet Sucker Dance; Coin in the Pocket (Rap); The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines; Lucky; Goodbye Pork Pie Hat.

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Article: Album Review

Dave Slonaker Big Band: Convergency

Read "Convergency" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Composer/conductor Dave Slonaker probably won't qualify as “prolific," at least based on recorded output alone, as he spends a lot of his time behind the scenes in film and television work—but one must appreciate the level of craftsmanship that he brings to his big band projects. His debut release, Intrada (Origin Records, 2014), received a well-earned ...

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Convergency

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Label: Origin Records
Released: 2022
Duration: 07:10

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Selection Of Brand New Releases

Read "A Selection Of Brand New Releases" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this week's show all new releases from Alex Sipiagin, Amanda Irarrázabal and Miriam Den Boer Salmón, David Murray Brave New World Trio, Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua & Darek Oles, Brian Molley Quartet, Bagland, E3 by Alex Lacusta, and Mary Halvorson.Playlist Show Intro 00:00 Alex Sipiagin “Rush Hour" from Ascent To The Blues (Posi-tone) ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Anat Cohen, Weather Report, Craig Taborn and Much More

Read "Anat Cohen, Weather Report, Craig Taborn and Much More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This show includes a wide array of jazz musicians from the present and recent past including Anat Cohen, Donny McCaslin, Weather Report, Henry Threadgill and Roy Haynes. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) 00:00 Sextet of ...

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News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Peter Erskine

Jazz Musician of the Day: Peter Erskine

All About Jazz is celebrating Peter Erskine's birthday today! 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 ...

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Article: Album Review

Charles Mingus & Joni Mitchell: Jivin' with Joni: The Lost Recordings 1978-1979

Read "Jivin' with Joni: The Lost Recordings 1978-1979" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Looks like a bumper month of archival releases awaits the ever ready Mingus aficionado. First, in late April, 2022, Resonance Records unleashes The Lost Album from Ronnie Scott's. Just in time for Record Store Day (April 23) Candid Records releases a sweetly remastered Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus. Now, in a joint announcement from Jazz Workshop ...

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Article: Interview

Phase Dancing: Gottlieb, Wertico, Sanchez—The Art of Drumming in the Pat Metheny Group

Read "Phase Dancing: Gottlieb, Wertico, Sanchez—The Art of Drumming in the Pat Metheny Group" reviewed by Joseph Vella


It was 1978 when I first heard “Phase Dance" on Bay Area jazz station KJAZ from a new band called the Pat Metheny Group (PMG). The music didn't just blow me away, it also spoke to me on such a deep level. Little did I know, it would stay with me forever. What the PMG did ...


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