This jazz piano solo performance showcases Sherilyn Peters, as she plays her original interpretations of songs familiar to most musicians and jazz listening audiences. Peters gathers an unusual selection of jazz music, easing back in time to an old traditional spiritual called “Ev’ry Night” then springing forward to Herbie Hancock’s incredible “Maiden Voyage”. The mood lifts with oldies like “Moonglow” and “Ladybird,” while Jimmy Dorsey’s “Boogie Woogie” swiftly offers her version of a nice little dance tune. Chick Corea’s “Children’s Song” surprisingly changes the pace of the album after the more complicated scores of “Anthropology” and “Things To Come” by Dizzy Gillespie. Although the jazz favorite Miles Davis certainly wrote “All Blues” and “Milestones” with many musicians and a real band in mind, Peters’ solo performances on the baby grand piano emphasize her intuitive choice to modify these complex melodic messages.
In its entirety, “First Satori” offers a collection of more simplified and essentially more relaxing interpretations of some of the most well known tunes in jazz, without losing the quality of her distinctive voice, in the sound of her own style of music. Her romantic and swinging impression of “Body and Soul” leads listeners into her original composition “Free Fall” featuring Bruce Boege on the soprano saxophone.
Peters said “First Satori” has captured a moment in time where she is following the lead of some of the greatest masters in the history of jazz music. “Carefully listening to their jazz creations has inspired me to further develop my own ideas, my latest personal interpretations and my own new discoveries in music,” she said. In regards to her original composition “Free Fall,” she said the tune’s message passes through her hands and lands in a different place every time. At the very last moment, when we were finishing the recording, I asked my engineer Bruce Boege to please join me on the album, ‘singing’ something beautiful on his soprano saxophone, to give my original composition the other (missing) melodic voice. Thanks to Bruce the “Free Fall” now sounds more like an interwoven duet, falling to earth from out of the clear blue sky,” she said.
The album was truly “Made in Maine,” recorded and mastered by Boege at his Limin Music in Northport and manufactured by Klarity in North Vassalboro. To listen to samples of the new album for free and to purchase the CD, visit www.cdbaby.com/cd/sherilynpeters. To contact send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sharing in the artist's own words:
My friends call me Sheri . I’m a native Californian and was raised in Ohio . My joy for playing the piano started when I was only three. My first improvisations came naturally in what I used to call my “Fairies and Goblins”. As a young woman I gathered multiple educational experiences, traveling coast to coast. In 1979, I graduated from Alfred University, in Alfred New York with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. Since then I’ve been expressing myself as an artist in surrealistic oil paintings on canvas and have also produced many classical figurative bronze sculptures, while living abroad in Switzerland and teaching fine arts in private schools near the city of Zuerich. I decided to return to America a few years ago and have settled on the midcoast of Maine in the small harbor town of Camden.
“First Satori” has captured a moment in time where I’m following the lead of some of the greatest masters in the history of jazz music. Carefully listening to their jazz creations has inspired me to further develop my ideas, my personal interpretations, and my own discoveries in style. This personal style follows me in every artistic medium I touch whether I’m painting, sculpting, writing or playing music.
On this debut album I‘ve given you my original composition entitled “Free Fall”. This melody drops out of the sky, like one leaf from a tree, or one skydiver from a single engine airplane that’s flying way up in the clouds. As a teenager, after flying for two years next to my father and only nine hours with a flight instructor I finally soloed in a Cessna 150, when I turned sixteen. Later that same year I jumped off the strut of a larger plane at 3000 feet while skydiving with a bunch of guys from my high school dance band. I was their bass player and they had asked me to jump first, so that none of the others would “chicken out”. No kidding! Many of them have since gone on in their musical careers. Now it’s up to me not to “chicken out” on them. It’s high time for me to have recorded this first album. The message you hear during “Free Fall” passes through my hands and lands in a different place every time. This happens in the moment and comes from my inner world for the sole purpose of sharing joyful jazz sounds with all of you.
Here in Maine I’ve been carefully watching and listening to the live jazz synergy flowing between many of the other local musicians. Warm thanks goes out to the jazz pianist Mickey Felder, who has led me to the gifted recording engineer and sax playing Bruce Boege. Practice, practice and more practice is what Mickey Felder said it takes, to sound like it’s easy and fun. Thank-you Mickey for talking me through some of the scarier moments. I plan to continue learning as much as I possibly can about jazz music through my own practice and by listening to the results of the hard work recorded by many others before my time.
As Bruce and I finished recording all the songs except for the last one, my original “Free Fall”, I began to feel a heavy sense of gravity from hearing myself play in such solitude. I asked him (my recording engineer) to please join me and “sing” something beautiful on his soprano saxophone in order to give my composition the other missing voice. Thanks to Bruce the “Free Fall” experience now sounds more like a duet, which has fallen to earth from out of the clear blue sky.
This album was finished on Earth Day, just in time for my brother’s birthday. I feel that being “FREE” is when it seems safe enough to dive into the unknown, while trusting my own intuition coming from the core of my heart.
Thank-you for helping me share the peaceful and relaxing music to your own friends and family members.
PEACE TO ALL THE WORLD.