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PERIPHERAL VISION: New Jazz Quartet Releases Debut Self-Titled CD
(Published: September 24, 2010)

For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Lesley Mitchell-Clarke & Amanda O'Reilly

Innovative instrumentalists/producers/composers
Don Scott and Michael Herring
present their new jazz quartet and debut self-titled, CD,


Don Scott on guitar, Michael Herring on bass
Nick Fraser on drums & Trevor Hogg on saxophone

National Canadian Tour begins on October 21st, 2010!
Toronto CD Launch Event - December 2nd, 2010

"...lively counterpoint...with constantly shifting and inventive underpinnings." DownBeat Magazine

"...contemporary grooves, colours and energy - cutting edge, but accessible sounds inspired by

New York's downtown jazz innovators." The Ottawa Citizen

"...balancing the cerebral with the visceral..." AllAboutJazz

TORONTO - September 19, 2010 - On October 19th, a fresh, innovative and highly creative independent jazz recording will be released - the debut, self-titled CD from the equally fresh, innovative and highly creative quartet, "Peripheral Vision". The talented leaders of the group (and long time musical collaborators) are guitarist Don Scott and bassist Michael Herring. The two instrumentalist/co-leader/composer/producers have assembled a synergistic musical unit including Nick Fraser on drums and Trevor Hogg on saxophone. "Peripheral Vision" has a unified belief in their cooperative group consciousness. Akin to emergent contemporary jazz superstars such as "The Bad Plus", "Peripheral Vision's" personal brand of modern musical expressionism, an eclectic mash-up of musical motifs including re-envisioned pop, rock, funk and classical idioms, reaches a wide range of music listeners and attracts diverse crowds. As saxophonist Trevor Hogg queried, "Should we wear ironic t-shirts or collars?" A logical question considering how the group's music speaks to both the jazz college student (ironic t-shirt) as well as the mainstream jazz fan (collars).

On October 21st, "Peripheral Vision" will kick off their fourteen-city National Canadian Tour, which will include performances and clinics in literally every major Canadian jazz venue from "Stayner's Wharf" in Halifax to "The Cellar" in Vancouver. On Thursday, December 2nd, the group will have their official CD Launch Event at Toronto's favourite jazz club, "The TRANE Studio Jazz Lounge" (964 Bathurst St./416-913-8917). As space is limited, reservations are highly recommended. Full nouvelle gourmet menu is available from 6:30 PM, and the band will take the stage at 9:00 PM. For Media accommodations, please contact LMC Media by phone at 416-486-6742, or by e-mail at lmcmedia@sympatico.ca .

In creating the repertoire for "Peripheral Vision", the Toronto-based Scott and Herring have composed melodically and rhythmically challenging tunes that reflect influences from many of the artists with whom they have shared the stage and recording studio - including Chris Potter, Kevin Turcotte, Kirk McDonald, Dave Clark (The Rheostatics), Mike Murley, William Carn, David Braid, Jah Youssouf (Mali, West Africa), Ernest Ranglin (Skatelites and St. Germain) and major New York City-based alto saxophonist, David Binney. Binney's influence on Scott and Herring has been profound, "We learned from touring the country with David Binney that the band has to let go and really go for it, riding the edge of the energy and excitement of raw creative playing, while holding the song's structures together. It means risking mistakes, but the final result is worth it. With this album we had the band trust in the studio to really try this".

Scott and Binney appeared on both of Herring's "Vertigo" recordings - the recent Dark Materials and also Coniferous Revenge (one of AllAboutJazz-New York's "Top Five Debut Albums of 2006"), in addition, Herring can also be heard on Don Scott's critically-acclaimed debut, Out of Line. Highlights of Peripheral Vision include "Treehouse" - an energetic opening track featuring Don Scott's staccato, chordal strumming, as well as powerful lyrical electric guitar lines abutting Trevor Hogg's alternately fluid and probing saxophone; "Lot", a contrapuntal piece with gorgeous bass work from Herring as well as tasteful and lithe drumming from Nick Fraser and an impressive solo from Scott; the up-tempo post-bop "Says You"; "LBJ" - an emotionally evocative ballad featuring some amazing melodic explorations by saxophonist Hogg; the rhythmic hide-and-seek of "What do you think happens when you get too far from your house?"; the intriguing use of unison lines on "Transcend-Include"; "The Adults" - a multi-textured piece that clearly illustrates the band's singular vision and approach; "Go To Bed", a tactile, kinaesthetic composition with an almost cinema-noire-ish feel; and the closing track, "A Moving Sidewalk At Best", which features a supple bass solo by Herring.

With regard to the recording of Peripheral Vision, Scott and Herring have said, "We left the studio feeling the success of our first day, and were inspired to write more music. We wrote with each band member's individual strengths in mind, and are lucky to have a great band that contributed to reworking the forms collaboratively, putting our collective Peripheral Vision stamp on the tunes."

Peripheral Vision is a sonic journey of harmonic complexity, elemental rhythms and breathtaking instrumental skill that is bound to be one of the top acoustic jazz recordings of the year.


Oct. 21 - "Stayner's Wharf" - Halifax, NS - presented by JazzEast - www.staynerswharf.com
Oct. 22 - "Café Paradiso" - Ottawa, ON - www.cafeparadiso.ca
Oct. 23 - "Largo Resto Club" - Quebec City, QC - www.largorestoclub.com
Oct. 24 - "Upstairs" - Montreal, QC - www.upstairsjazz.com
Oct. 27 - "The Music Studio"- Brandon, MB - presented by Bandon University
Oct. 28 - "Eva Clare Hall" - University of Manitoba - Winnipeg, MB
Oct. 29 - "Ruby Moon" - Thunder Bay, ON - www.rubymoonrestaurant.com
Oct. 30 - "The Bassment" - Saskatoon, SK - presented by Saskatoon Jazz Society - www.saskatoonjazzsociety.com
Nov. 2 - "Hermann's Jazz Club" - Victoria, BC - presented by Reynolds Secondary School - www.hermannsjazz.com
Nov. 3 - "Reynolds Secondary School" - Victoria, BC - (workshop)
Nov. 4 - "The Cellar" - Vancouver, BC - www.cellarjazz.com
Nov. 5 - "The Roxy" - Gabriola Island, BC - presented by Lulu Performing Arts Society - www.luluperformingarts.ca
Nov. 6 - Calgary, Alberta - (Venue TBA)
Nov. 7 - "The Yardbird Suite" - Edmonton, AB - (concert) presented by Edmonton Jazz Society - www.yardbirdsuite.com
Nov. 8 - "The Yardbird Suite" - Edmonton, AB - (workshop) presented by Edmonton Jazz Society - www.yardbirdsuite.com
Dec. 2 - "The TRANE Studio & Jazz Bar" - Toronto, ON - www.tranestudio.com

Peripheral Vision was produced by Michael Herring and Don Scott
Recorded in February and October 2009 at Canterbury Studios in Toronto, Canada
Engineered by Jeremy Darby
Mixed by Jeff Elliott
Mastered by Andy Krehm for Silverbirch Productions
Art & Design by Jenny Francis for backyarddesign.ca

Peripheral Vision is available through CDBaby
and other fine on-line music resources

Booking Contact: Michael Herring and Don Scott at info@peripheralvisionmusic.com
Media Contact: Lesley Mitchell-Clarke & Amanda O'Reilly
for LMC Media at
lmcmedia@sympatico.ca , or by phone at 416-486-6742

All compositions published by Don Scott and Michael Herring - SOCAN 2010

This recording and National Canadian Tour
was made possible through the generous support of
The Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council and FACTOR


More Information: http://www.peripheralvisionmusic.com

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