Jazz Appreciation Society
Peter Erskine (2013)
In 2017, I wrote a four-page interview with Peter Erskine, which took place at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. About a year prior to this, I had read No Beethoven and was immediately intrigued by Erskine’s openness and the sympathetic and often humble tone he used to describe his impressive career as a jazz drummer. No Beethoven mainly revolves around his years spent with Weather Report, but also provides lots of first-hand stories on e.g. his Steps Ahead days, always displaying infinite respect and admiration for his partner in crime, saxophonist Michael Brecker. Erskine took part in Weather Report in what are often regarded as their finest hours, a period beautifully captured on The Legendary Live Tapes 1978-1981. During the 45-minute interview, which was published by Dutch drummers’ magazine Slagwerkkrant, Peter proved to be one of the nicest drummers I’ve ever spoken to. I would recommend this book to anyone who has a love for music, be it jazz or not, or jazz biographies that seriously excel in all respects imaginable.
In this section, you’ll find reviews of books on jazz music and jazz musicians. Quantifying one’s appreciation by means of awarding vegetables is a daunting task, let alone radishing the quality of a book, or any work of art for that matter. It is therefore important for you as a reader to realise that, despite our attempt to be objective, these reviews like any other were written by human beings and are based on personal experiences and opinions. We’re aspiring to add a lot more of these in due time. Keep us posted on your suggestions and, perhaps more importantly, tell us why you think the world should have knowledge of your favourite reads.
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