Ralph Peterson & The Messenger Legacy

Onward & Upward
(Onyx)

Drummer Ralph Peterson, an esteemed alumni of The Jazz Messengers, marshals other Art Blakey acolytes for a run through originals contributed here by the bandleader, as well as his ensemble players.

“Forth And Back” is a minor-key, bopish call-and-response, Joanne Brackeen’s piano knitting the tune together under chunky fragments of horn-ensemble play and a tap-dancing hi-hat. “Sonora” summons a light and breezy Latin feel, while the title tune, “Onward And Upward,” swings hard.

On Jean Toussaint’s “Waltz For Etienne And Ebony,” the saxophonist pursues looping phrases that hint at a resolution listeners might suspect will never come.



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November 2021
Joey DeFrancesco
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