Archive for October 23rd, 2018

Ricky Peterson – Drop Shot

61ToZO0qt9L._SL1200_Ricky Peterson is a musician’s musician. Although he has had a handful of recordings under his own name (on Warner Brothers and Ben Sidran’s Go Jazz label), he is mostly known as the soulful and groovy organ player from David Sanborn’s band. He is also known as a successful producer (Prince, Paula Abdul etc.). This record continues the Peterson sound, organic, groove-based soulful songs, with understated arrangements.

Peterson is a good keyboard player from a musical family. His technique merges blues, rock, and traditional jazz sounds, somewhat in the vein of George Benson but not as pop-oriented. In 1991, he issued a recording on Mesa/Bluemoon titled Smile Blue, with brothers Billy and Paul as part of the ensemble. Subsequent albums in the ’90s included 1995’s Tear Can Tell and 1999’s Souvenir. During the 2000s he has appeared on numerous CDs by both jazz and pop artists, including Stevie Nicks, John Mayer, David Sanborn, Jessy J, Kirk Whalum, Al Jarreau, Patti Austin, and Larry Carlton.

Drop Shot is featuring Bob Mintzer and the WDR Big Band Cologne. Get the album on iTunes.