Sunday, June 01, 2014

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Peter Bernstein

Artist:Peter Bernstein
Song:Jive Coffee
Album:Signs Of Life

Jazz guitarist Peter Bernstein is a very busy sideman who occasionally records as a leader. This 1995 CD Signs Of Life is one of his early recordings. He was born Sept. 3, 1967 in New York City. He studied jazz at Rutgers University with Ted Dunbar and Kenny Barron and earned his degree at The New School in New York under his idol guitar legend Jim Hall. Hall invited Bernstein to play at a 1990 Town Hall concert dubbed the Jim Hall Invitational with John Scofield, Pat Metheny and John Abercrombie. When Bernstein held his own with those guys, Lou Donaldson invited Bernstein to join his band. He recorded with Donaldson, Hall and Larry Goldings and then released his debut as a leader Somethin's Burnin' in 1992 on Criss Cross Records. This began a long association with New School classmate Brad Mehldau. Jive Coffee is from Bernstein's 1995 CD Signs Of Life with Mehldau on piano, Christian McBride on bass and Gregory Hutchinson on drums. Though Bernstein records occasionally as a leader, he is primarily a sideman. Among those he has either toured with or recorded are Joshua Redman, Diana Krall, Larry Goldings, Bill Stewart, Jimmy Cobb, Lee Konitz, Roy Hargrove, Tom Harrell, Joe Lovano and Dr. Lonnie Smith. In 2008, Bernstein was a member of The Blue Note 7 with with Bill Charlap, Ravi Coltrane, Lewis Nash, Nicholas Payton, Peter Washington and Steve Wilson. This band was formed to celebrate Blue Note Records' 70th anniversary. Most recently, Bernstein toured with Sonny Rollins. His latest CD Cellar Live with The Tilden Webb Trio was released last year. Bernstein is currently on tour in Europe. Jazz guitar fans should check him out. Here's Peter Bernstein with Brad Mehldau performing Jive Coffee at a jazz festival in Europe. I don't know the date or who the bassist is but that is Greg Hutchinson on drums.

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