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Album Review

Ralph Peterson's second session for Criss Cross features an identical band to his earlier date for the Dutch label, including pianist Orrin Evans, saxophonist Jimmy Greene, bassist Eric Revis, and the promising young trumpeter and flugelhornist Jeremy Pelt. Peterson wrote seven originals for the quintet and also added a pair of creative, yet not excessively long drum solos. Like his earlier series of recordings for Blue Note, Peterson's charts are full of excitement and a few surprises, stimulating his musicians into playing at their very best; a prime example is the high-energy "Trial of Trust and Treachery." The soft unison line produced by Pelt and Greene (on soprano sax), with the leader's soft mallet technique underneath, is another gem of the date. Only one standard, "I Only Miss Her When She's Gone," is included, but Peterson's arrangement brings out the emotion of its powerful lyrics, even though they aren't heard. This is the type of CD that doesn't grab one's attention upon the first hearing, but whose strengths gradually become obvious with time. Highly recommended.

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I discovered Ralph Peterson many years ago and am very pleased to tell you how much he has grown as a musician. His playing always had a bit of Art Blakey emulation in it; but now he has emerged as a wonderful individual. There are some great compositions on this as well as two 'sweet' melodic solos by Ralph that have his signature all over them. Well done...Give me more!


Born: May 20, 1962 in Pleasantville, NJ

Genre: Jazz

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

During his relatively brief period in the spotlight, Ralph Peterson has already distinguished himself not only as a superior drummer but as an important bandleader too. It was natural that Peterson would be a drummer since four of his uncles and a grandfather played drums. He started at age three and, after attending Rutgers and settling in New York, he became a constantly working drummer. In addition to sessions with OTB, David Murray, and the Terence Blanchard-Donald...
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