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Sherilyn Peters releases debut Jazz CD
1/27/11

CAMDEN, MAINE - Sherilyn Peters of Camden, AU class of 1979, has released a debut CD titled “First Satori.” This jazz piano solo performance showcases her original arrangements of songs familiar to most musicians and jazz listening audiences.

Peters gathers an unusual selection of jazz music, easing back in time to an old traditional spiritual called “Ev’ry Night” then springing forward to Herbie Hancock’s incredible “Maiden Voyage”. The mood lifts with oldies like “Moonglow” and “Ladybird,” while Jimmy Dorsey’s “Boogie Woogie” swiftly offers her version of a nice little dance tune.

Chick Corea’s “Children’s Song” surprisingly changes the pace of the album after the more complicated scores of “Anthropology” and “Things To Come” by Dizzy Gillespie. Although the jazz favorite Miles Davis certainly wrote “All Blues” and “Milestones” with many musicians and a real band in mind, Peters’ solo performances on the baby grand piano emphasize her intuitive choice to modify these complex melodic messages.

In its entirety, “First Satori” offers a collection of more simplified and essentially more relaxing interpretations of some of the most well known tunes in jazz, without losing the quality of her distinctive voice, in the sound of her own style of music. Her romantic and swinging impression of “Body and Soul” leads listeners into her original composition “Free Fall” featuring Bruce Boege on the soprano saxophone.

Peters said “First Satori” has captured a moment in time where she is following the lead of some of the greatest masters in the history of jazz music. “Carefully listening to their jazz creations has inspired me to further develop my own ideas, my latest personal interpretations and my own new discoveries in music,” she said.

In regards to her original composition “Free Fall,” she said the tune’s message passes through her hands and lands in a different place every time. At the very last moment, when we were finishing the recording, I asked my engineer Bruce Boege to please join me on the album, ‘singing’ something beautiful on his soprano saxophone, to give my original composition the other (missing) melodic voice. Thanks to Bruce the “Free Fall” now sounds more like an interwoven duet, falling to earth from out of the clear blue sky,” she said.

The album was truly “Made in Maine,” recorded and mastered by Boege at his Limin Music in Northport and manufactured by Klarity in North Vassalboro. To listen to samples of the new album for free and to purchase the CD, visit www.cdbaby.com/cd/sherily.... To contact Sherilyn Peters visit her Facebook page or send email to sheri.peters@mac.com.