Archive for May, 2010

Peter Erskine – Plays “Old Black Magic”

Sunday, May 30th, 2010


Peter Erskine on his DW kit with Zildjian cymbals

Peter Erskine on his DW kit with Zildjian cymbals

Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing drumming legend Peter Erskine at his studio during a recording session for the “Beato Band Project”. Started by top drum bag manufacturer Fred Beato, the project has had the endorsement track by track of many professionals that have left their mark by playing on the new record. Peter put his mark on a 1940s jazz standard called “Old Black Magic” by adding his drum sound in more modern rock style. Peter Erskine has played with a variety of artists from Stan Kenton, Steely Dan, Weather Report, and Diana Krall, to Christina Aguilera.


Peter Erskine Jazz Drumming Legend

Peter Erskine Jazz Drumming Legend


Peter Erskine Jazz Drumming Legend

Peter Erskine Jazz Drumming Legend

The session was engineered by Christian Robles using Digital Professional on Peter’s recording set up. After some microphone set up and adjusting, the session started and went very quickly. With just 3 takes everyone felt like they had what they needed. Over all the session was just under two hours, that is how you roll with pros! Fred Beato and Percussionist Raphael Padilla helped produce as the tracks progressed.

Peter Erskine's Recording Studio

Peter Erskine's Recording Studio

Peter Esrkine uses Drum Workshop Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Drum Sticks, and Beato Bags exclusively.








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