The Craig Peyton Group – Homecoming

by EarthFlight Media Productions

I admit it: Regarding the vibraphonist Craig Peyton, I’m anything but objective, be always eclectic mix of instrumental New Age Groove, Jazz Fusion, the danceable in blue-eyed soul and Latin Through Coated infatuation of soul and funk structures has yet an almost magical pull on me.

Already in that time exclusive SOULTRAIN interview (ST # 71: READ MORE ) presented, Craig Peyton, comes after an early career start in the seventies of the last century with the Jazz lineup band X and the own band The Craig Peyton Group now with a rückbesinnenden, new studio album called “Homecoming”, which carries its name for a reason, it includes but and among other private material from the past such as a revision of “Good Morning”, created at a time when Peyton operated under its own name, and more and more to the acoustic sound of his now legendary, esoterically influenced rides (hence EarthFlight Media Productions as a label – the album cover also speaks volumes) around the world focused, though a free-running jazz and groove feel included.

John Putnam and Craig Peyton self-produced the ten titles of the new, powerful album that gives Peyton an impressive, rhythm fitting match with “his” instrument, the Electric Vibes, once again, and impressively the best.


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


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 its 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.   Featuring Craig Peyton on electric Vibes, John Putnam on Guitar, Ray Marchica on Drums and Marcelino Thompson on Bass, “Homecoming” is an engaging blend of Groove Jazz,  Fusion, and Instrumental Soul. “We really aimed to play well as individuals, but really make the interplay between the four of us the main focus,” says Putnam. All onboard agree that this has been a joyous reunion ENJOY! Play on Spotify

The ten songs on the album are original compositions written by mastermind Craig Peyton; only cover version is the congenial, dreamy Burt Bacharach / Hal David Masterpiece “Walk On By” (the SOULTRAIN reported), which one should listen to the version of Craig Peyton Group however repeatedly to the original, congenial melodies previously as to rediscover the song and thus also of the album in the past, of different sounds.

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 SOULTRAIN HOT TIP!

More about Craig Peyton and his Electric Vibes instrument he always affectionately calls “Orgasmitron”, are in the exclusive SOULTRAIN interview from Issue 71: READ MORE !

© Michael Arens


Ray Marchica endorses Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sicks, Pearl Drums, and Remo Drum Heads


John Putnam plays guitar




Ray Marchica’s plays the electronic drum


Electric Vibes are often misunderstood


Crawford’s View


Pic by Marcelino


“Artist at Work”


Ray Hitting It


Rehearsal View


John Putnam


Mr Bass Man