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Ralph Peterson’s GenNext Big Band: I Remember Bu: Alive Vol. 4 @ Scullers Featuring Donald Harrison (Onyx)   

Having come under the tutelage of Art Blakey (a.k.a. Buhaina, or “Bu” for short), drummer Ralph Peterson knows a thing or two about the value of mentorship. His time as a Jazz Messenger proved life-changing and he’s long been paying it forward through more formalized lines, teaching and rearing up-and-comers at one of jazz’s foremost … Read More “Ralph Peterson’s GenNext Big Band: I Remember Bu: Alive Vol. 4 @ Scullers Featuring Donald Harrison (Onyx)   “

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Ralph Peterson’s Aggregate Prime: Dream Deferred

When it was recorded in October 2015, Dream Deferred was drummer-bandleader Ralph Peterson’s way of addressing the spate of police shootings of unarmed black men and the lack of accountability that resulted. When the disc was released just a week before Donald Trump was elected president, it became an even more prescient call to arms. … Read More “Ralph Peterson’s Aggregate Prime: Dream Deferred”

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Ralph Peterson: The Duality Perspective

Drummer Ralph Peterson was one of Art Blakey’s last protégés, and he seems to have drawn a lot from his mentor: a gregarious comfort in the leader’s position; a flaying mastery that drives his bands without flagging, even if that sometimes means privileging fire over precision; and a knack for rearing precocious talents. On The … Read More “Ralph Peterson: The Duality Perspective”

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