Since I've known Peterson, he's always seemed to have an interest in Afro-Cuban rhythms. His arrangement of Theolonious Monk's "Four In One", in a 7/4 mambo, feels surprisingly natural.(What is it about Monk tunes that always makes them work seamlessly in Afro-Cuban clave?) There's some nice percussion work by Reinaldo DeJesus, and Bryan Carrott, a former Fo'tet member, adds a nice Caribbean flavor, and also takes a nice solo further into the song.
"Impervious Gems" adds percussionist DeJesus and another named Edwin Bayard for an Afro-Cuban 12/8 piece. Sean Jones combines power and finesse into a great solo, which leads us from the 12/8 naturally into a 4/4 swing. Walter Smith's solo contrastingly heads into an up tempo mambo, which gives him a chance to musically spar with Peterson. Zaccai Curtis does a great job as a soloist, and also as an accompanist on this one.
I downloaded this CD from Itunes. I tried to find a link from Ralph Peterson's website, but it took me to a CD Baby link that said it was down for maintenance. So I would go with Itunes. "The Duality Perspective" has something for every jazz fan; great rhythm, great solos, great writing, and a great feeling. This is one of Ralph Peterson's best albums yet.
For a little sample of the current Fo'tet, check out this video.....