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Album Review

A beautiful collection full of subtlety and nuance, Juni is not the type of recording one would expect to be led by a drummer of Peter Erskine's high-octane pedigree. In fact, this trio's music owes more to that of Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett's standards trio than to the work of Weather Report, Maynard Ferguson, or any of Erskine's other aggregations. The playing on this, the group's fourth under Erskine's name, is soft, spatial, melodic, and accessible. Pianist John Taylor weaves an introspective spell with his lyrical touch, and bassist Palle Danielsson is superb in support and when stepping into the solo spotlight. Erskine himself is continuously inventive within the context of these balladic compositions.

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Peerless

This is ECM label Jazz at its best. The recording has incredible fidelity, and the performances by Taylor, Danielsson and Erskine are likely some of the most sensitive, supportive and telepathic you'll hear on record. Taylor is neither Jarrett, nor Evans, but rather, an equally elegant and inventive player with his own voice on the Piano worth seeking out at every opportunity. Danielsson is equally up to the task with a comparable harmonic sophistication, beautiful tone, intonation, and pacing. Erskine is the final piece of the delicate balancing act that makes the music work- his playing is almost invisible at times, providing organic propulsion when needed, and allowing plenty of space for the sound to breathe. Enjoy!

Biography

Born: June 5, 1954 in Somers Point, NJ

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

A highly skilled, versatile drummer, Peter Erskine has anchored big bands and jazz-rock/fusion groups. He's known for sophisticated rhythms, distinctive accompaniment, and powerful, rippling solos. Erskine began drumming at three, and participated in Stan Kenton's National Stage Band Camps from the age of six. He studied with Alan Dawson and Ed Soph, attending the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and Indiana University. He played with Kenton from 1972 to 1975, then from 1976 to 1978 with Maynard...
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Juni, Peter Erskine
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Feb 12, 1999

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