10.11.13 Daniel Szabo + Peter Erskine + Edwin Livingston “A Song From There” » dszabomusic

dzabomusic New Release
DANIEL SZABO + PETER ERSKINE + EDWIN LIVINGSTON
A Song From There

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DANIEL SZABO piano
PETER ERSKINE  drums
EDWIN LIVINGSTON  bass
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I first became aware of Dan while teaching at USC. Bob Mintzer had called and was raving about this guy Dan who had applied for graduate studies. Upon first hearing some of his music, I knew he was special. Things ultimately worked out, and Dan was able to attend school.  It was not only good for him, but also for all of our students as I soon found out that he was not only a great musician but also a great mentor as well.

Fast forward to present time when Dan called and asked me if I would craft liner notes for the CD. I did not hesitate for one moment, because before I had even listened to the recording, I knew it would not be a chore. Dan is a great pianist, and upon listening, the first word that comes to mind is clarity. He has a beautiful touch, and it seems as if there are no wasted notes. Everything has its purpose. It’s the same with his composition… Nothing ever seems out of place, everything is there for a reason. This is not background music by any means. Yet, there is a certain atmosphere about the recording… one of a calm, transportive nature. Dan’s music demands your attention without beating you over the head or intimidating you. It’ ever so subtly gets under your skin, and before long, you will find yourself dropping everything and giving it the full, undivided attention, which it deserves.

Hats off to Dan Szabo for making a beautiful, honest and creative musical statement.

Alan Pasqua
July, 2013

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Produced by Daniel Szabo
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Talley Sherwood
Album Art + Design by:  Kio Griffith

Daniel Szabo  website

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7.5.13 Peter Erskine + Alan Pasqua + Dave Carpenter “Badlands” » Fuzzy Music

Fuzzy Music reissue new release
Peter Erskine / Alan Pasqua / Dave Carpenter
Badlands

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ALAN PASQUA piano
DAVE CARPENTER bass
PETER ERSKINE drums

“It goes something like this: A moment of pregnant silence, then pianist Alan Pasqua starts to play, filling the room with gorgeous, delicate, intensely lyrical lines of an almost transcendent beauty. At some point, so gently that you may not be aware of it at first – maybe he’s been there all the time – Dave Carpenter joins in, his woody bass meshing so perfectly with Pasqua’s piano it’s hard to believe it’s two separate instruments. Then you realize Peter Erskine’s in there too, effortlessly coaxing more sounds from his drum kit than the laws of physics should allow. As the music ebbs and flows, you find yourself wondering who’s leading, but you quickly mark it as an exercise in futility; they all are, or none is. and anyway, what does it matter? And suddenly, as perfectly and mysteriously as it began, the music draws to a close, the room breathes a joyful sigh, applause breaks out and you go smiling off into the night, thinking that if human beings can communicate that deeply, can produce something that profoundly beautiful, maybe everything really is all right in the world.”

– Brandt Reiter, LA WEEKLY (First published 11/2001)

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Recorded: August 7 & 8, 2001
at Puck Productions, Santa Monica, CA

Engineered by: Brian Risner
Mixed by: Rich Breen

Produced by: Peter Erskine
Co-Produced by: Alan Pasqua & Dave Carpenter
Mastering by: Rich Breen
Piano Technician: Keith Albright

Album Art + Design by: Kio Griffith

Fuzzy Music website

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