Austin Peralta teams with Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder imprint, gigs at Echo Park Jazz night [Video]
While it was once the epicenter of West Coast cool jazz, Los Angeles' modal scene rarely gets mentioned by anyone other than genre purists. But over the last few years Flying Lotus has labored tirelessly to correct the imbalance, incorporating jazz fusion flourishes into his ever-expanding repertoire and releasing jazz records on his Brainfeeder imprint.
Considering Alice Coltrane was his great-aunt, it's little surprise that the musician born Steve Ellison would gravitate to tripped-out beatific jazz. But it's a mild shock in the context of the genealogy of pianist Austin Peralta, the latest talent to come barrelling out of Brainfeeder's L.A. headquarters. The son of skateboard king and director Stacy Peralta, the younger Peralta, 20, has been releasing albums since he was 14, with CBS/Sony's Japanese division enlisting him to record alongside Miles Davis collaborators Buster Williams and Ron Carter.
Introduced to Lotus via mutual friend David "Dr. Strangeloop" Wexler, Peralta immediately fit into the label's cosmic soul aesthetic. Recording his official debut "Endless Planets" with a live band, the gifted pianist displayed a striking precociousness, channeling the the lunar jaunts of McCoy Tyner's work with John Coltrane and striving to place them into a contemporary context.
In an auspicious turn, Peralta will grace Echo Park's Lot 1 Cafe alongside Flying Lotus and Erykah Badu bassist Thundercat, with Zach Harmon on drums, at Thursday night's first installment of Echo Park Jazz. Slated to go on at 8:30, Peralta will be followed by local Brazilian seven-string guitarist Fabiano do Nascimento (from Triorganico), at 10 p.m. Then Gypsy, Italian, French, Romanian, Spanish, Hungarian, Fragglerockian, Brazilian, Russian jams with AK & Her Kalashnikovs at 11:15.
-- Jeff Weiss
MP3 DOWNLOAD: Austin Peralta, "Epilogue: Renaissance Bubbles"