The Reclamation Project

Ralph Peterson's Fo'tet

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The Reclamation Project Review

by Scott Yanow

All of drummer Ralph Peterson's recordings are quite stimulating and have an identity of their own. For this album, his first release in three years, the talented young drummer leads an unusual quartet comprised of soprano-saxophonist Steve Wilson, vibraphonist Bryan Carrott (who doubles on marimba) and bassist Belden Bulloch. Peterson's ten originals explore many moods and grooves but always swing, even when the time signature is complex. The memorable sound of the ensemble and the strong improvising skills of the players are two additional reasons to acquire this explorative but reasonably accessible CD.

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