July 2012 CD of the Month
Ralph Peterson "The Duality Perspective" Oynx Productions
Ralph was born into a an extended family of musicians that included 4 drummers, raised in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Peterson began as a funk drummer practicing to the music of James Brown, The Funkadelic and other 70s funksters. After that, he began listing to the then popular fusion movement which led to his discovering jazz while studying with famed drummer Michael Carvin at Rutger’s, while there he was selected by Blakey to be his 2nd drummer and occasionally lead the Messengers while he took a break. Family is important to Ralph, The Duality Perspective has 2 of his compositions dedicated to his off springs, Princess is for his daughter while Addison and Anthony are for his grandsons. Besides his virtuosity at drums, Ralph is a fine trumpeter often playing both instruments when performing, when not on tour or in a recording studio he teaches at the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston, previously he was an instructor at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts. In the late 1980s after his tenure with Art Blakey’s Messengers, Peterson was chosen from 35 auditioning performers to be in the Blue Note Records composite group of 7 promising new players, Out of The Blue. All of the members of OTB have gone out to enjoy brilliant careers. In 1989 Ralph began his recording discography as a leader founding a quartet he named “The Fo’tet”, since then he has recorded in various formats as a leader and sideman as well as touring the globe impressing audiences and musicians alike with his virtuosity.The two-fold formats of The Duality Perspective will not only double your listening pleasure it will create or increase your admiration for the drumming and leadership of Ralph Peterson.