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For more then 30 years, Ralph Peterson has been one of the distinctive and
recognizable drummers in jazz. Besides his incomparable talent behind the
drum kit, which has led to collaborations with the likes of Terence
Blanchard, Branford Marsalis, David Murray, Roy Hargrove, Michael
Brecker, Regina Belle, Betty Carter and The Roots over a nearly thirty-year
career – not to mention being hand-picked by Art Blakey as the second
drummer in the legendary bandleader’s Jazz Messenger Big Band until
Blakey’s 1990 death.
A great sequel is a rarity worth waiting for. Drummer/composer Ralph
Peterson returns to the trio format for only the third time in 30 years
on TriAngular III, due out April 8 via Peterson's own Onyx Music label
and Truth Revolution Records and. This time out he's joined by brothers
Zaccai and Luques Curtis on piano and bass, adding a new incarnation to the
prestigious TriAngular lineage.
Recorded live at New Haven's Firehouse 12, TriAngular III provides not
only a showcase for Peterson's boundless energy and imagination, but also a
testament to the healing power of music. The album was recorded, mixed
and mastered as Peterson was being diagnosed and treated for colorectal
cancer, becoming a sterling symbol of his successful battle against the
Mr. Peterson also remains in high demand as an educator does workshops
and clinics with the support of his endorsers Mapex Drums, Meinl Cymbals,
Evans Drumheads and Vic Firth Stick and Brushes.
Ralph Peterson is now at the intersection where his influence on modern jazz
is undeniable and constant. He has been on more then 150 other CD’s as a
sideman with other artists. He is at the apex of his power as a drummer,
bandleader, teacher and mentor. His list of students constitute a who’s who
of today’s amazing up and coming drummers like Ari Honig, E.J Strickland,
Tyshawn Sorey, Mark Whitfield Jr., and Justin Faulkner.
Off the bandstand, Mr. Peterson has also conquered many challenges in his
life. He gives back to young people in his work as Full Professor of
Percussion at Berklee College of Music. He holds a Black Belt in Tae Kwon
Do and has recently been promoted to 4th Degree Black Belt, which is
Master Instructor level.