Magazine article IAJRC Journal

The Duality Perspective

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

The Duality Perspective

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Ralph Peterson

The Duality Perspective

Onyx Music

Fo'tet - Felix Peikli (cl, b-cl) Joseph Doubleday (vbs) Alexander L.J. Toth (b) Ralph Peterson (d) with Bryan Carrott (marimba), Reinaldo Dejesus (perc)

Sextet - Sean Jones (tp), Tia Fuller (ss, as) Walter Smith III (ts) Zaccai Curtis (p) Luques Curtis (b) Ralph Peterson (d) with Eddie Bayard (ts) Victor Gould (p) Reinaldo Dejesus (perc)

One False Move/4 in 1/Addison And Anthony/Bamboo Bends In A Storm/ Princess/Coming Home/Impervious Gems/The Duality Perspective/ You Have Know Idea/Pinnacle. TT 66:00

This 2012 recording was done in Boston at the WGBH studios in celebration of the leader's 50th birthday. Peterson, a teacher at the Berklee College of Music, conceived this project as a celebration of his students - past and present.

The present (as of 2012 anyway) is represented by the first group - called the "Fo'tet," it plays in what Peterson calls Swunk - a combination of swing and funk. The rhythmic feel leans toward the latter, but the instrumentation is definitely of the retro swing variety. Peikli's clarinet is a refreshing take on the standard swing sound on the instrument. He sounds very much like Tony Scott on "One False Move" and "Princess," each of which also shows the talents of Joseph Doubleday on vibes. The vibes are put into interesting relief on Monk's "4 in 1" (arranged by Elfa Zulham, another of Peterson's students) by the addition of Bryan Carrott's marimba, creating an original sound - especially when the bass clarinet is added. Toth gets to demonstrate his sound and gentle approach on the lullaby "Addison and Anthony" while the leader stretches out on "Princess" and "One False Move. …

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