BEETHOVEN:Weather Report And More
by Curt Bianchi
I’m a fan of Weather Report and I purchased this book largely because of that. It’s packed with Peter’s stories and behind-the-scene anecdotes about the band, Joe, Wayne and Jaco–not to mention tons of photos. That said, this is a book about Peter Erskine’s life and I read it from start to finish and thoroughly enjoyed it. Peter’s writing style is engaging and along the way he imparts pearls of wisdom about being a musician and about life. A must read for Weather Report fans, and also for anyone interested in Peter and the many musicians he has worked with over the years. Now I need to go find those late-eighties Peter Erskine CDs squirreled away in my office and give them a spin!
Read it in two days!
by Peter LaCasse
Excellent book in a slick package with tons of pictures, audio/video clips, and other extras! I’ve been an Erskine fan for years and I’m delighted to get the inside scoop on so many of the great bands and colorful characters he has worked with. It’s also inspiring to read about how Peter was able to build so much success in music and never lose sight of the importance of family.
This is one of those books that if’ you’re a fan of modern Jazz, especially Weather Report, you won’t be able to put down. It has always been pretty clear to me that Peter is an insanely great drummer, and this gives the reader a real “fly on the wall” perspective on modern jazz as it was coming into focus during the age of Weather Report. Not only is Peter an unparalleled drummer, he’s a pretty damned good writer as well.