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by Damian Erskine

Instrumental Latin jazz trio with a salsa groove.
Genre: Jazz: Latin Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Peresina
6:48 $0.80
2. Footprints
8:04 $0.80
3. Mambo For Tajrid
4:47 $0.80
4. Costa Del Sol
7:07 $0.80
5. Spain
6:14 $0.80
6. Nardis
6:23 $0.80
7. Maria Cervantes
6:32 $0.80
8. Steps
6:01 $0.80
9. Mirage
6:20 $0.80
10. Entre Dos Aguas
2:26 $0.80
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Album Notes
This is one of bassist, Damian Erskine's Portland, OR based trios with additional tracks by the Toshi Onizuka Trio with Damian playing bass.
The primary trio consists of Salsa and Jazz phenom, Ramsey Embick on Piano and virtuoso Portland drummer, Reinhartd Melz. The band speaks for itself...both fiery and spontaneous, it's always all about having fun with the music and seeing where it can take you.

Equally versed at solidifying grooves, blowing lyrical solos, and providing chordal textures on his 6-string bass, Damian Erskine showcased his extraordinary level of musicianship with the release of Trios, his debut as a leader, in February, 2007. As the nephew of world-renowned drummer Peter Erskine (Weather Report), Damian spent much of his childhood surrounded by many legendary musicians. In addition to the degree he earned from Berklee College of Music, Erskine has studied privately with bassists including Marc Johnson, Victor Wooten (BNC 2001), Reggie Hamilton, and Kai Eckhardt. Erskine maintains an active presence in the club scene and performs regularly at festivals throughout the country. Besides touring and recording as a sideman, Erskine offers private instruction from his studio in Portland, Oregon and via webcam through MusicVirtuosity.com. He has also taught seminars at the National Guitar Workshop, SF Bass Weekend and Berklee's Guitar Week. (~Cliff Engel • www.instituteofbass.com)



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Bass Guitar Magazine

Great playing, and gorgeous tone throughout
June 2007 Guitar World's Bass Guitar
“From the cover, this may look like a standard jazz trio date, but Erskine certainly doesn’t play it that way. Rather than stick to standard bass patterns, he uses his Zon 6-string to maintain a free-flowing line that often hews closer to soloing than accompaniment. Great playing, and gorgeous tone throughout.”
The Lo-Pass Filter
By Bill Murphy & J.D. Considine

Lucas Pickford

Superb playing and composing!
Damian is one of the best young electric bass players in the US. He has chops to spare and a thundering low end groove. More importantly though he keeps everything he does musical and never lets his playing overshadow the composition.
This is a terrific recording with great playing by all involved. Damian is a fellow 6-string bassist and he is one of the few who play it with a fully developed concept for that instrument pionered by the one and only Anthony Jackson. Bravo Damian! This is must own CD for all bass players.

Karla Harris

Get your Latin groove on!
I'm not a bass player, just a lover of great jazz bass playing with a special affinity for Latin jazz, so was eager to listen to this project. I'm finding it flat-out cool. The compositions are intricate while remaining accessible, something I appreciate. Great production quality and I can't say enough about the musicianship. Damian Erskine's playing is fat, tasteful and inventive, Ramsey Embick must have wings on every finger ... there's excellence here at every instrument. I especially like Track 4, "Costa Del Sol." Here in rainy Portland, listening to it made me feel like I was sipping something cool, toes in the (warm) sand. You gotta love that!


A Stunning Debut
Muy Caliente! This is high-energy, latin flavored contemporary jazz at it's best. At times reminiscent of Michel Camilo's great trios with Anthony Jackson, these players will make you wonder why you've never heard their names before (unless you live in OR). Erskine's talent in phenomenal, but this is not a CD just for bassists. The interplay between all musicians involved make this one to own for any fan of contemporary jazz. The production on this is also outstanding, showcasing a live, naturally ambient drum & piano sound. Listen to the samples, and then support a working musician!

Bass Player Magazine

Damian Erskine's significant facility, big pocket, and harmonic awareness are wh
"Damian Erskine
Trios (damianerskine.com)
While his good genes may help (he's drum god Peter Erskine's nephew), Damian Erskine's significant facility, big pocket, and harmonic awareness are what comes when talent and hard work collide.  Trios is Erskine's first disc as leader, and it's an auspiciously musical undertaking.  While many bass-led debuts languish in technical self-abuse, Erskine's modern jazz is fresh, listenable, and yes, studded with bass tricks aplenty.  (JH)"

Ernie Leblanc

Review of Damian Erskine by Ernie Leblanc
Review of Damian Erskine by Ernie Leblanc

It was a bright summer’s day in July 2002. I was seeking to relieve some lunch-time hunger pangs
when some of the most incredible sonic events I’ve ever heard derailed my intentions. These spectacular
sounds drove me to discover the source: Is it piped? It’s Gotta Be! Nobody can play like that by just
winging it on a street corner...can they??? Oh my God! It not piped – it’s live!

The crowd milled by me as I hurried to catch the fluid waves of stunning artistic genius happening
in the round on the corner of Washington and Summer streets in Boston, MA. There, before my eyes
and ears a young man sat upon a bass amp while playing a six-string bass. He blazed away with skillful
certainty and mind-blowing control that any bassist would eagerly envy. What made it all so
unbelievable was his ability to perfectly create and execute note-filled phrases that only a musician’s
musician could pull off. His articulations where then, as there are now, completely brilliant!

I didn’t want to leave; just hang there and try to learn something. I didn’t want to be a rude pest
by discourteously interrupting what anyone would immediately recognize as pure genius at work.
But, I also could not just walk away from him without paying my respects and compliments to him.
Who is this guy? He eventually paused and one of us broke the ice. We spoke briefly and I learned that
in addition to being a great bassist, he was a really nice guy (rare combination). I asked for and received an
impressive business card with a photo of him playing just as he was doing on the corner.
I had no idea, but would never forget that I had just happened upon more that a musician’s musician;
I had just met Damian Erskine – A Bassist’s Bassist!

A few years later, while surfing the web site of the extraordinary bassist Lucas Pickford,
I found Damian's web link, contacted him and have had the good fortune of corresponding
with him since. His great recorded works are now a big part of my CD collection and
having ready access to Damian's skillful mastery of the electric bass is serving me well
both as a source of enjoyable listening as well as musical inspiration to such an extent
that I hope to present to him soon my deepest thanks in the form of a song that he inspired.

Many thanks to you Damian,



Inspired listening
Damian Erskine is a name to watch! 21st Century technique, inspired compositions and a great sound combine to make this a killer CD.