HOMECOMING: ALBUM SAMPLES AND INFO
"The Craig Peyton Group returns with stunningly beautiful new album" (JAZZ CORNER, Published: December 10, 2016)
The Craig Peyton Group has awakened as if they were in suspended animation. After an absence of 34 years, the jazz fusion group simply picks up where they left off, delivering a breezy, consistently engaging sound on their reunion album, the aptly titled Homecoming.
For a band that played their last show in 1982, there's no rust to be found; the group jams through 10 tracks with bold self-confidence and sharp instrumentation. To pigeonhole the band as fusion doesn't acknowledge Homecoming's crossover appeal. Peyton and crew actually cross the borders between prog, art rock, and jazz, sometimes within the same track, impressively enough.
"Walk On By" is a lovely, enigmatic gem, actually recalling Roxy Music's 1982 swan song Avalon. John Putnam's atmospheric riffs are seemingly haunted by Phil Manzanera's lush, shimmering feel, and it becomes more dreamy as the track progresses. Peyton's electric vibes are enchanting, lighting up the melodies. The mood-spinning cut is what headphones are made for; it is pure bliss.
The title cut is equally pretty. Those dismissing jazz fusion as cold and detached will have a swift change in perspective upon hearing this slice of heaven. Again, Putnam's guitar is luminescent with Peyton's vibes capturing the whispers of stars. Marcelino Thompson's throbbing bass beats like a human heart as the group is aiming for spiritual transcendence here. "It Could Be Like This" is also particularly relaxing and hypnotic.
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The Craig Peyton Group2016
John Putnam, Guitars
Ray Marchica, Drums
Marcelino Thompson, Bass
Craig Peyton, Electric Vibes
A SHORT HISTORY
In 1980 the fusion music album, “Electric Vibes” by the Craig Peyton Group was recorded at Dan Hartman’s “Schoolhouse” studio and released on the Morris Levy Group’s Buddah/Sutra record label. With the album receiving good airplay and sales, the CPG toured throughout the east coast. As time passed everyone got busy with other studio work/gigs, and the Craig Peyton Group played it’s last show at the Brecker Brother’s, ‘7th Ave South club’ in 1982. Thirty three years later in 2014 the original CPG band members got together for a jam session, and decided to continue working on music, hang out at The Music Building, and drink too much coffee. This album, “Homecoming”, is the result of our recent sessions, and musical evolution.
Produced By: John Putnam & Craig Peyton
Recorded: 11/30/15 & 12/7/15 at The Loft, Bronxville, NY
Recording Engineer: Crawford Brown
Mixed January-March 2016 at: CCBSound Studio, North Salem, NY
Mix Engineer: Crawford Brown
Web site & CD design & development: Toby Rosser Design
Homecoming Cover Shot: “Homesick Angel”, Craig Peyton
Craig Peyton Group Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/craigpeytongroup/
CPG Reviews and PR Activity
The Craig Peyton Groupstarted out in the late '70s, bound by their mutual love of Miles Davis, Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, and Jimi Hendrix. After having Peyton play on his hit “Vertigo/Relight My Fire, ” Dan Hartman gave the band a full month’s access to his recording studio. The CPG amassed a devoted following up until their final show in 1979. That wasn't truly the end, however, as the CPG released the eternally cool Electric Vibes album a year later. After decades of collective silence, the CPG rose from the ashes in 2014 and started to jam like old times.
The fittingly titled reunion album Homecoming has the CPG proudly building from where they left off in the late '70s. It is an intoxicating mix of jazz, rock, and funk. Drummer/percussionist Ray Marchica, guitarist John Putnam, bassist Marcelino Thompson, and vibraphonist Peyton display no evidence of dust, no lingering cobwebs; the record is driven with youthful exuberance. Tracks “Impulse Control” showcases the much-missed magic of the seminal zeitgeist that is the '70s. “Pensive," on the other hand, starts off with an '80s cinematic swoon then segues into compelling jazz fusion à la Hiroshima. "Nebadon" is reminiscent of Steve Winwood, David Sylvian, and Pat Metheny. Echoes of Herbie Hancock's Man-Childcould be heard on the album as well.
Without realizing it, the CPG have opened a wormhole back to the '70s and '80s -- not just to their past but when jazz fusion was at its finest.
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