By Jonathan Blackman, Occhi Magazine
Ralph Peterson is back in Occhi Magazine, this time as we discuss his recent release Onward and Upward. Carrying on the legacy of Blakey, the album is composed of seventeen people, fourteen Jazz Messengers alumni, and three individuals (Legacy Messengers) Peterson feels would have become messengers had Blakey heard them! The combined experience of all the members spans well over four decades, plus the compositions and arrangements truly show that Blakey’s spirit is being kept alive and well by Peterson. Read more here.