Drummer dates can be hazardous to anyone for whom bombast and over-drumming are anathema. The raw power and spirit of Ralph Peterson remain admirable qualities. That impetuousness has also been a drawback at times as past times suggested a tendency to steamroll bands he played in. Such has not been the case when he’s at the helm, as his recordings always deliver a sense of program, cohesive packages that transcend the blowing date, and this date delivers on the leader’s palpable maturity.
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