Cecil McBee | “Saxophone Summit – Seraphic Light”

  Cecil McBee “Saxophone Summit – Seraphic Light”For the first time since Michael Brecker’s all too early departure, Joe Lovano and Dave Liebman have reconvened the Saxophone Summit to pay homage to the also dearly missed John Coltrane.  In addition, Alice Coltrane had passed within days of Michael Brecker.  I would argue that, not since […]

Steve Uccello | “Symmetria” : Recommended Listening With Damian Erskine


Meet Reviewer Damian Erskine – Connect with Damian in the Community Steve Uccello “Symmetria” www.steveuccello.com To be honest, this CD has all the makings of something that I would pop in for a second, skip around & put in the donation pile. It’s a bassists solo CD in which he plays every instrument with a […]

Recommended ‘Reading’ With Damian Erskine: Jake Kot | “An Artistic Guide to Economic Survival”


Meet Reviewer Damian Erskine ~ Jake Kot “An Artistic Guide to Economic Survival” When Jake told me that he was writing a book about economic survival as an artist, I immediately thought a few things: 1) Very cool.  I know Jake has a wealth of experience, is a good teacher and is totally articulate.  This’ll […]

Product Review FOLLOW UP With Damian Erskine: “AmpKit VS PocketAmp”


Ampkit  VS  Pocket Amp So I’ve gotten quite a few messages since posting my review of Peavey’s Ampkit software for iPhone.  Some were praising the software and some said, “what about Pocketamp??”.  I also happened to be invited to test out PocketAmp as well, so I thought I’d follow up with a comparison of the […]

Product Review With Damian Erskine: Peavey | “AmpKit + Link”


Meet Reviewer Damian Erskine ~ Peavey Ampkit & Ampkit Link (www.peavey.com/ampkitlink) While I don’t normally tend to do product reviews, I’ve come across a new piece of software for the iPhone & iPad that is pretty darned impressive and I wanted to let you know about it.  The Peavey AmpKit software is, essentially, an amp […]

Recommended Listening With Damian Erskine: Jeff Berlin | “High Standards”


Meet Reviewer Damian Erskine ~ Jeff Berlin “High Standards” (www.jeffberlinmusic.com) Iconic 4-string virtuoso Jeff Berlin has released an ambitious album of standards in a trio setting.  Accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Richard Drexler on both bass and piano and Danny Gottlieb on drums, Jeff definitely takes center stage and gives us his trademark chorus-saturated tone and dextrous […]

Recommended ‘Learning’ With Damian Erskine: Roy Vogt | “Teach Me Bass Guitar”

Teach Me Bass Guitar

Meet Reviewer Damian Erskine ~ Roy Vogt “Teach Me Bass Guitar” (www.teachmebassguitar.com) While I normally only review CDs, I was sent a full copy of Roy Vogt’s new 10 disc DVD instructional series, “Teach Me Bass Guitar” and had to tell a few of you about it. While there are a lot of great instructional […]

Recommended Listening With Damian Erskine: Esperanza Spalding | “Chamber Music Society”

Chamber Music Society

Meet Reviewer Damian Erskine ~ Esperanza Spalding “Chamber Music Society” (www.esperanzaspalding.com) Following the release of “Esperanza” which enjoyed 70 or so weeks on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts, “Chamber Music Society” is a mature and enjoyable fusion of her Classical Chamber Music roots and Jazz sensibilities.  We hear the return of Leo Genovese on Piano […]

Recommended Listening With Damian Erskine: Ray Riendeau | “Atmospheres”


Meet Reviewer Damian Erskine ~ Ray Riendeau “Atmospheres” (www.myspace.com/rayriendeau) My good friend and killer bassist Ray Riendeau (‘ree-end-oh’…  you’re welcome) is about to release an album of original material that very well may be one of the most shredding albums I’ve heard in years. Featuring guys like Alex Machacek, David “Fingers” Haynes, Lalle Larsson, Marco […]