Untethering, Lettering to the Editor-ing, and the Mingei Hit Parade!

Good People, you’ve all heard it on the news and the surf is UP! I’ve been a full on saltwater devotee this last spell, squeezing in studio button pushing and guitar fretboard navigating in between the reckless bike ride down to the beach to bob untethered in the saltwater laboratory of raw Aleutian energy. What a thrill and there seems to be more coming!

That little dot is me dropping in on a Beacons gem earlier in the week. Super fun!

That little dot is me dropping in on a Beacons gem earlier in the week. Super fun!

I was able to unravel the YouTube uploading mystery and the good news is the first set from the famed Christmas Eve concert is up and ready for your viewing pleasure. These are the highlights and the cool thing with this is I, Peter the editor, can chop out all of the goofy moments where we musically had a spill and leave you with a streamlined experience. Check it out here:

Check out the Celtic dancer fellow rocking the holiday garb to the soundtrack of Fred's sizzling distorted guitar solo!

Check out the Celtic dancer fellow rocking the holiday garb to the soundtrack of Fred’s sizzling distorted guitar solo!

Also nice to surface was a super positive “letter to the editor” in the SD Union Tribune written by a long time Del Mar fellow who was instrumental in building the outdoor amphitheater space that the concert takes place in. You’ve got to know this is great to hear ‘cuz in contrast, way back in the old days, there we’re some folks in Del Mar that didn’t dig the noise that got generated from the concert. And they let their concerns be known. Now it looks like we’re in like flint, playing the annual concert into infinity and beyond.

Click here to check out the fellow’s note.

Up for this week, I’m really looking forward to our concert on Sunday evening at the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park. The group is stellar, Beth Ross-Buckley on flute, Fred Benedetti on guitar, Gunnar Biggs the BASSMAN, myself, plus special guest Dave Drexler singing on a few tunes and leading an impromptu interview with me and the bandmates. The music is a collection of my originals plus I made new arrangements on Jobim’s “Double Rainbow” and the classic “Route 66”. I think it’ll be a magic night and look below for the fine print if you can come.

Camarada with Gunnar, Beth, Peter and Fred. photo by Dave Buckley

Camarada with Gunnar, Beth, Peter and Fred.
photo by Dave Buckley

that’s it and hang ten, Peter


This week’s song highlight is a tune that we’ve been rehearsing and are playing at the Mingei show on Sunday. I wrote “Jimenco” for my friend Jim who digs flamenco music. This piece hovers in the phrygian mode which is where most flamenco music harmonically lives. Then, through the magic of jazz harmony, it travels to some new sonic vistas. The band is cooking and it’s great to hear it after all of these years.

Check it out!

Bring on the High Strings Articulating the Diminished Chord!

Hi Friends!

This one is a quick one. It’s been 24 hours and the uploading process of the famed Christmas Concert Video Highlights is completely bogging down. It says it’ll take 2 more days. It’s huge! It’s 40 minutes long and 14 gigs big. I’m back to the drawing board on this one and hopefully I’ll come up with a solution by next week. The plot thickens, bring on the high strings articulating the diminished chord!

Other than that, the studio has been on a steady ride and that activity mixed in with gigging and surfing, it’s a good story indeed!

Up for this week, tomorrow night, Leonard and I team up for some duo music at Ki’s in Cardiff. It’s always a joy to travel to the sonic realms of Brasil, Nat King Cole, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, Cole Porter, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and Americana with this fellow. Hope you can join in too!

We hit at 8:30PM and play 2 sets. Look to the Gig Calendar for the fine print.

Peter and Leonard searching for truth in sound. Or maybe something more down to earth like riding on a riff. photo by Rick Sokol

Peter and Leonard searching for truth in sound. Or maybe it’s something simpler than that, like working on the railroad.
photo by Rick Sokol

There you go for this week, all best, Peter

Reverb to the Rescue!

Good Folks, I’m listening to some classic Chick Corea sides (the first Return to Forever recording) on ECM and it’s as it has always been, ON FIRE! Burning Fender Rhodes, Stanley’s completely filling up the low end with some killin’ busy bass playing, Airto’s subdividing and Flora never sounded better. And dang, they all love their REVERB! Worship is a more apt description. Lush!

In Brasil some fellow told me they call reverb:


Turn up the church!
Drench it and wipe out sonic mishaps!
Reverb to the rescue!

It does work magic and we musos tend to love it.

It was an eye opener when I started doing some recording work with Sean and Sara Watkins from Nickel Creek with their brave excursions into a world with pretty much no reverb. Dry as a bone and personal and intimate. Gorgeous!

As you might have guessed I’ve been buried in the studio with a bunch of projects moving along. It’s been fun with music all over the map. From sanskrit chant music to Latin piano songs to wrapping up jazz saxophonist’s Steve Feierabend’s latest project. There’s a bunch more coming down the way and I’m loving it!

A few press highlights emerged last week and check out this cool article about “3 Faces to Watch in Pop & Jazz in 2014.” It came out in the San Diego Union Tribune and was written by music critic George Varga. It highlights our very own Leonard Patton along with film composer Larry Groupe and folkster Gayle Skidmore. Leonard’s got a full plate with Lamb’s Playhouse theatre productions, a new jazz recording, and my personal favorite, gigs with Peter! He’s one of the best and I love when we do our duo thing. We’ll be at it next week at Ki’s in Cardiff. Yay on Leo!

Leonard Patton photo by K.C.Alfred

Leonard Patton
photo by K.C.Alfred

Another sweet surprise was our string recording Dr. Einstein’s Spin was selected as number on the “Top 10 SD Jazz Releases of 2013” in jazz critic Robert Bush’s ongoing NBC SanDiego.com music blog. I’m thrilled and stoked that he got where we we’re going with this project. It’s an adventurous outing and when folks resonate, well, we, the artists also resonate. Click here for the read.

A bunch of my music compadres also made the list and indeed check out their CD’s as well. Great music all!

To celebrate this week’s good news the Dr. Einstein’s Spin cd and download will be discounted at the store for this week only. Use this coupon:


May you venture forth and take the “Spin” for a spin.


The Christmas concert video still isn’t done. It’s getting closer and I think by next week it’ll be ready to fly. I’ll let you know.

The only gig this week is coming up on Thursday night at the Roxy. I’ll be there playing solo and it’s always a fine blend of Encinitas bohemia, jazz improvisation, and expertly spiced falafel balls. Tuning up the guitar now!

That’s it and thanks for reading. adios, Peter