RALPH PETERSON, THE DUALITY PERSPECTIVE

Ralph Peterson is a drummer gifted with spirit and skill. His 15th recording "The Duality Perspective" is both introspective and celebratory—its release coincides with the leader’s 50th birthday. The record is crafted to showcase Peterson’s two working groups. Like an opening band before the main act, his quartet of current students called the Fo’tet take care of business on the first five tracks; and they acquit RP’s compositions and a Latin-tinged cover of Monk’s “4 in 1” with resounding satisfaction. Still finishing up their studies, vibes player Joseph Doubleday, bassist Alexander Toth and clarinetist Felix Peikli strike a confident tone, digging into the music with gusto.

Once the sextet takes center stage, the album is lifted to greatness. Brothers Luques (bass) and Zaccai Curtis (piano) anchor a splendid rhythm section that meshes naturally with frontline horn players, trumpeter Sean Jones, saxophonist Tia Fuller and tenor player Walter Smith III, musicians who dominate on their instruments. Inspired by Art Blakey and Woody Shaw, Peterson’s “Coming Home” and “Impervious Gems” swing with outstanding harmonic sophistication. He cultivates a smooth blend of straight-ahead styles including the Afro-Caribbean rhythms on the title track, tapping his full kit to find the perfect balance of sound and percussive effects. On “Pinnacle,” a tune where fleet-fingered Victor Gould subs for Curtis, Peterson writes with maximum flexibility to give his soloists plenty of room to fly.

"The Duality Perspective" finds Peterson in his element and his musicians share a universal consciousness with the leader, sweeping aside their inhibitions to swing and connect with the roots of Peterson’s post-bop jazz. (10 tracks; 67:27 minutes)

My photo: Young lions, Joseph Doubleday (vibes), Alexander L.J. Toth (bass) and Felix Peikli (clarinet) at RP's CD release/birthday bash at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in June, 2012. Terrific show with RP previewing and playing music from the new CD. Sitting next to me at the bar was trumpeter Christian Scott and his band, part of the huge crowd that turned out to celebrate RP's birthday.
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JAZZ IN SPACE: RALPH PETERSON, THE DUALITY PERSPECTIVE

Saturday, June 30, 2012

RALPH PETERSON, THE DUALITY PERSPECTIVE

Ralph Peterson is a drummer gifted with spirit and skill. His 15th recording "The Duality Perspective" is both introspective and celebratory—its release coincides with the leader’s 50th birthday. The record is crafted to showcase Peterson’s two working groups. Like an opening band before the main act, his quartet of current students called the Fo’tet take care of business on the first five tracks; and they acquit RP’s compositions and a Latin-tinged cover of Monk’s “4 in 1” with resounding satisfaction. Still finishing up their studies, vibes player Joseph Doubleday, bassist Alexander Toth and clarinetist Felix Peikli strike a confident tone, digging into the music with gusto.

Once the sextet takes center stage, the album is lifted to greatness. Brothers Luques (bass) and Zaccai Curtis (piano) anchor a splendid rhythm section that meshes naturally with frontline horn players, trumpeter Sean Jones, saxophonist Tia Fuller and tenor player Walter Smith III, musicians who dominate on their instruments. Inspired by Art Blakey and Woody Shaw, Peterson’s “Coming Home” and “Impervious Gems” swing with outstanding harmonic sophistication. He cultivates a smooth blend of straight-ahead styles including the Afro-Caribbean rhythms on the title track, tapping his full kit to find the perfect balance of sound and percussive effects. On “Pinnacle,” a tune where fleet-fingered Victor Gould subs for Curtis, Peterson writes with maximum flexibility to give his soloists plenty of room to fly.

"The Duality Perspective" finds Peterson in his element and his musicians share a universal consciousness with the leader, sweeping aside their inhibitions to swing and connect with the roots of Peterson’s post-bop jazz. (10 tracks; 67:27 minutes)

My photo: Young lions, Joseph Doubleday (vibes), Alexander L.J. Toth (bass) and Felix Peikli (clarinet) at RP's CD release/birthday bash at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in June, 2012. Terrific show with RP previewing and playing music from the new CD. Sitting next to me at the bar was trumpeter Christian Scott and his band, part of the huge crowd that turned out to celebrate RP's birthday.

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