HOT Jazz CD of the week (4/12/2013) Austin Peralta – Endless Planets
This is one of the most full-bodied jazz recordings I’ve ever listened to; just LOVIN’ it!
This was actually my first listen to his music, in my memory anyway… here’s the bio from WIKIPEDIA:
Peralta was a piano player devoted to music from a very young age, starting piano lessons at the age of six and eventually studying with Eleanor Lindboe, Sara Banta at Pepperdine University, the noted jazz pianist Alan Pasqua and saxophonist Buddy Collette. Peralta won the Shelly Manne New Talent Award given by the Los Angeles Jazz Society in 2003, presented to him by Quincy Jones, at the age of 13.
At age 15, Peralta was a featured performer at the 2006 Tokyo Jazz Festival, appearing with his own trio, and performing live with major jazz and jazz fusion stars Chick Corea, Hank Jones, Sadao Watanabe, John Patitucci, Omar Hakim, and the young Japanese pianist Hiromi Uehara.
In 2006, at the age of 16, Peralta recorded two albums for Sony Music: “Maiden Voyage” featuring bassist Ron Carter, and “Mantra” which included renowned bassist Buster Williams. In 2007, Peralta appeared at the internationally-known Java Jazz Festival.
He is featured on the 2012 Cinematic Orchestra release, “In Motion.”
Peralta composed and performed the score for the remastered documentary feature What Happened to Kerouac? (2012) and appeared on the track “DMT Song” on Flying Lotus’ album Until the Quiet Comes (2012). Before his death in 2012, Peralta was a touring member of jazz group The Cinematic Orchestra and was performing regularly with Allan Holdsworth and Virgil Donati.
Peralta was the son of filmmaker Joni Caldwell and the Z-Boy skateboarder and film director Stacy Peralta. He contributed to the original soundtrack of his father’s documentary film Riding Giants with a piano solo.
Peralta passed away on November 21, 2012, at the age of 22. The LA County Cororner’s Report indicated the most likely cause of death was viral pneumonia, aggravated by a combination of alcohol and drugs.