Peter Erskine

Drummer Peter Erskine is an important part of the music scene since the early seventies. The list of recordings he contributed to is impressive not to say overwhelming. Not only it's a long one, no it's a list of sometimes landmark music of that same period. Talking about lists. That of musicians and bands he collaborated with is of similar length and importance.

I am not going to dive deeper into this. Read for yourself. Those who believed this to be a framed story of Erskine's time with Weather Report (1978-1982) don't get what they expected. But personnaly I'm even more satisfied with the outcome. He shares stories and events, often not even chronologic. A must read for everyone serious about drumming, music and life. Yes life, I've you think that success is just around the corner for someone that talented then think again.

This book will go up on my bookshelf next to Bill Milkowski's "Jaco". I think mr. Erskine would approve.

Peter Erskine No Beethoven book

Currently reading 'No Beethoven' by drummer Peter Erskine which I will review later. But with Peter in mind I started to search YouTube and catched a video of him with Palle Danielsson and Rita Marcotulli (see below). The tune is 'Something I said' and was (first?) recorded on the Steps Ahead album 'Magnetic' back in 1985-86.

Steps Ahead was an all-star fusion band who had gained some popularity by then (I think especially in Europe). Originally started as an almost acoustic venture, they got more and more into synths. Some of the compositions are loaded with them, overloaded at times it seems. Even Mike Mainieri's vibes got midified over the years. Still there are a lot of highlights on this album. 'Trains' became a live hit during concerts and there's a retake of Ellington's 'In a sentimental mood' which features Michael Brecker on Steiner Ewi, a MIDI wind instrument.

The more acoustic version of Steps Ahead comes near the end of the album with the laidback and aforementioned 'Something I said' written by Erskine.

Elektra Records

A side:

  1. Trains
  2. Beirut
  3. Cajun
  4. In a sentimental mood

B side:

  1. Magnetic love
  2. Sumo
  3. All the tea in China
  4. Something I said
  5. Reprise (Magnetic love)

Steps Ahead Magnetic

Great news from drummer Peter Erskine. On his site he's announcing a new e-book "No Beethoven" about his time with Weather Report. Peter was the driving rhythm force behind Zawinul-Shorter-Pastorius during the 1978-82 era. Can't await this myself particulary because there's no Weather Report book I know about apart from the individual biographies.

Peter Erskine e-book No Beethoven