Reviews and PR

 Dec 2016

The Craig Peyton Group Reunites After Several Decades With Exhilarating Fusion Release

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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Check Us out on JAZZ EXPANSIONS RADIOhttp://www.dqrm.com/downloads/2016/je/major_2016_34.mp3 DJ Major Brooks gives us a spin about 24 mins into his show…good program to know about for all jazz lovers! The full web address is here: http://www.dqrm.com/jazzexpansions/

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BY Michael Arens for SoulTrain Magazine, Germany Aug 2016:

In 1978, the debut album of Ray Marchica (drums and percussion), John Putnam (guitar), Marcelino Thompson (bass) and last but not least Electric Vibes Streichler Craig Peyton aka the Craig Peyton Group, the new business ran after Decades of isolation 2014 and again came together and finally in this wonderful new jazz fusion album between new Age, Latin, groove and soul structures called “Homecoming” culminates – gorgeous and a not entirely impartial.

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We’re off to a good start with ‘Jazz Mine‘, in Dublin. (#2) (also #10) http://jazzspec.blogspot.com/2017/02/midweek-music-miscellany-wednesday-22nd.html_____________________ From Patty Blee

“It’s no coincidence there’s an old propeller airplane on the cover of the new Craig Peyton Group album… This will take you on quite a journey, true old-school sound that still soars… the title track will leave you Breathless”_____________________From Kate J. Weiner: I wasn’t really sure what I was going to be hearing when I inserted the disc. But boy, what a pleasure. Each member of your group is a really good musician. I got very excited. You’re tight and your tunes are layered and always interesting to follow._______________________Craig………what a fantastic piece…and truly as soon as track 4, I  went to my CD player to see what it was!   Awww…this CD is my new music for life.ps I also bought your book from your site for kindle…

 Helene Jorgensen