4.27.13 Richard Sears Trio “Volume One ~ Los Gatos 2012”

New Release
Richard Sears Trio
volume one ~ Los Gatos 2012

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“These original compositions were developed over five years, drawing on impressions from time in Northern California, Los Angeles, and New York. In August 2012, we retreated to the peace and isolation of the Santa Cruz Mountains to record this album over a three day period. The sound of the recording, as well as the mood of our performance, were shaped by the large room where the recording took place, a vaulted redwood interior overlooking treetops and an expansive canyon. It is our pleasure to share this music with you and we hope it brings the same enjoyment that went into its creation.” – Richard Sears

1. Upenss
2. 23rd and Fig
3. Good Morning Rain
4. Neighbor Greg
5. Over the Hill
6. Radio Flyer
7. Upness – reprise

RICHARD SEARS  piano
MARTIN NEVIN  bass
KEVIN YOKOTA  drums

all compositions by Richard Sears

Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by Jeff Cressman

Album Art / Photo + Design by: Kio Griffith

Richard Sears website

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4.1.13 “No Beethoven” An Autobiography & Chronicle of Weather Report by Peter Erskine » Fuzz/E/Books

Fuzz/E/Books new release
No Beethoven
An Autobiography & Chronicle of Weather Report
by Peter Erskine

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No Beethoven” chronicles the life and times of drummer Peter Erskine, with the legendary band Weather Report being the nexus to this first-hand account. Erskine was in the midst of the modern American jazz music scene as it underwent its most dynamic change. From the last days of the big band era to the height of fusion…there never was a band quite like Weather Report, and there has never been a more insightful, personal or authentic telling of that band’s story and the musicians — Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, and Jaco Pastorius — who changed music forever…to the European wave as represented by Manfred Eicher’s ECM label, to the dawning of the age of the musician as entrepreneur and educator…Peter Erskine is a musician of his times with an incredibly rich story to tell. Many stories to tell! He was there…and now you can be, too. With never-before published photographs.

“No Beethoven” includes chapters dedicated to Weather Report and the musicians Joe Zawinul, Jaco Pastorius and Wayne Shorter, plus the bands Steps Ahead, Steely Dan, and artists such as Elvin Jones, Joni Mitchell, Freddie Hubbard, Diana Krall, Steve Gadd, producer Manfred Eicher, composers John Williams and  Mark-Anthony Turnage, et al. The book provides a revealing look at the creative process involved in performing music on-stage and in the recording studio, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at how the musical instrument industry operates.

This is a book for all musicians and fans of music. As famed drummer and Rush founder Neil Peart writes:  “‘No Beethoven’ is among the best musical autobiographies I have read. Peter’s story is absorbing and compelling, full of well-drawn characters and incidents both humorous and serious. It flows with the same ease and naturalness as his drumming, and under that good-humored gloss, it conveys the same profundity of experience and ideas. This book should be read not only by every drummer, but by every musician. Even dedicated “amateurs” of music will find it entertaining and worthwhile.”

No Beethoven iBook on iTunes 

Peter Erskine website

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 No Beethoven
Authored by: Peter Erskine
Edited by: Rick Mattingly
Book Design by: Kio Griffith