|The Great Peter Erskine|
Pianist Ovsepian also impressed me. His solo on the first tune of the night, "Every Tomorrow" showed his classical piano pedigree; he has a lot of facility, a beautiful warm touch, and a lot of inventiveness.
Erskine is incredibly tasteful, which is probably why he's had such a great career. Sometimes, I was hoping for a little more aggressiveness from the drums, but the more I listened, the more Erskine's drumming aesthetic made sense with the compositions. But Erskine played solos on almost every tune, except that his solos were extremely well crafted, as well as showing a great deal of dynamic control and technical agility. I started to wonder if I would ever get a chance to play with Erskine(maybe I'll have to bug Damian to put a trio session together, ha ha).
The music was mostly from the trio's new recording entitled "Joy Luck" and it is available on Itunes and Amazon. It's a great disc and a great band; hopefully, they'll be in your town soon. I was sort of wishing that more of the PSU drummers had attended the concert, because they would have learned a