FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION FOR THE 62nd GRAMMY AWARDS

RALPH PETERSON & THE MESSENGER LEGACY - LEGACY ALIVE VOL.6 AT THE SIDE DOOR  (ONYX)

Legacy Alive Vol. 6: at the Side Door
Ralph Peterson & the Messenger Legacy
Best Jazz Instrumental Album

"That Old Feeling"
Geoffrey Keezer (Ralph Peterson & the Messenger Legacy)
Best Improvised Jazz Solo

"In Case You Missed It"
Ralph Peterson (Ralph Peterson & the Messenger Legacy)
Best Improvised Jazz Solo

"My One And Only Love"
Bill Pierce (Ralph Peterson & the Messenger Legacy)
Best Improvised Jazz Solo

 

"As with Blakey’s ensembles, this band is built upon authoritative drumming but is not about it. Still, Mr. Peterson commands attention. His extended and thoroughly satisfying drum solo opens Mr. Watson’s “In Case You Missed It.” Wall Street Journal

★★★★ “The players keep faith with the tradition rather than chancing any 21st century genre-bends, but it was a great tradition, celebrated with expert devotion here." Jazzwise

★★★★ "This double disc set proves that the passage of time has done nothing to mute the passion with which Peterson, or the rest of the Messenger alumni, approach the music made under Blakey's encouraging downbeat." Downbeat

"He can be torrential as a soloist (as on the Disc 2 closer, “Caravan”) or quietly supportive. He knows when to infuse a passage with lively fillers and when to simply propel the infectious groove." Jazziz

When it comes to Art Blakey, there is no living drummer more suited to honoring his legacy than the incomparable Ralph Peterson. As the last drummer chosen by Blakey to play by his side in the Jazz Messengers Two Drummer Big Band, Peterson is tasked with the unique responsibility to carry forth Buhaina’s torch and tradition. On Legacy: Alive Vol. 6 at the Side Door, the mission comes full circle as Peterson and the Messenger Legacy Band mark what would have been the icon’s 100th birthday. Legacy presents Peterson in the company of five undisputed authorities and alumni of the Blakey tradition: saxophonists Bill Pierce and Bobby Watson, trumpeter Brian Lynch, pianist Geoffrey Keezer, and bassist Essiet Essiet. This double album was recorded live in October 2018 at the Side Door in Old Lyme, Connecticut.

Disc 1

Disc 2


 

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION FOR THE 62nd GRAMMY AWARDS

RALPH PETERSONS GENNEXT BIG BAND - I REMEMBER BU - ALIVE VOL. 4 AT SCULLERS (ONYX)

I Remember Bu
Ralph Peterson's Gennext Big Band
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

 

"It all makes for an exciting, exhilarating and exhaustively entertaining big band workout." New York City Jazz Record

"These fledgling musicians are hungry, and you can sense that in the sound and soul of their performances." Jazz Times

"Blakey loved big bands and surely would have appreciated this heartfelt tribute by a self-assured and talented group of young musicians." All About Jazz

"[With] I Remember Bu, Peterson shows that even when paying homage to an old master, he’s all about paying it forward to mentor the next generation of great jazzers." WRTI (Album of the Week)

After making their professional debut at Scullers in Boston in late 2017, the Peterson-led GenNext Big Band proudly released their debut recording  I Remember Bu: Alive Vol. 4 at Scullers, featuring fellow Art Blakey alum Donald Harrison on October 4th. Following in the Jazz Messenger tradition of mentorship, the GenNext Big Band features an exciting lineup of some of Berklee College of Music’s brightest young musicians and employs Blakey’s signature two-drummer format. “Back in 1983, Art Blakey called me to perform with the Jazz Messengers at the Boston Globe Jazz Festival. That concert was transformative in my life and now I have the opportunity to come full circle and extend that experience to these young musicians here.”