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
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CRAIG PEYTON GROUP "HOMECOMING"
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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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