Consummate drummer Peter Erskine, a former Weather Report member, has always shown an inclination for electric jazz fusion. Commanding The Dr. Um Band with metrical depth and angular vision, he releases On Call, a new double album on his own music label, Fuzzy Music.
The disc one includes brand new material recorded in the studio whereas disc two
encapsulates previously recorded tunes performed live in Occhiobello, Italy. All
the members of the quartet -
Penned by the bandleader, “Uncle Don” displays a ceremonious organ as the introduction
and a scratching backbeat in an early stage. Afterward, the band places cool harmonic
progressions on top of rock-
The live session, filled with enthusiasm and excitement, opens with a couple of tunes
by Erskine: the cerebral, blues-
After the soaringly atmospheric first section, Henry Mancini’s “Dreamville” combines
bossa nova rhythms with balladic tones, whose silky textures result from mixing light
funk, smooth jazz, and malleable R&B elements. The tune was retrieved from the album
Second Opinion (Fuzzy Music, 2016), just like “Eleven Eleven”, a frenetic steeplechase
Erskine’s mutable “Northern Cross” is not a softer either, displaying influences of American music while bridging the worlds of funk, jazz, and rock. This could be a possible outcome of having Joshua Redman playing with Return To Forever.