Norm Peterson | Island Crossing

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Island Crossing

by Norm Peterson

Keyboard instrumental music with a bluesy soulful, sometimes funky groove. Not smooth jazz, not ambient, not jazz fusion but a bit of all three styles.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Welcome
0:40 album only
2. Saratoga Passage
4:10 album only
3. Corgi Butts
3:39 album only
4. Sunrise Boulevard
5:34 album only
5. Green Eyed Lady
4:13 album only
6. Ode To Smokey Jo
2:30 album only
7. Island Crossing
4:29 album only
8. Soul Warmer
4:14 album only
9. Flor d' Luna (Moonflower)
3:40 album only
10. 2 Cat Minimum
5:09 album only
11. East Of Boyce ( revisited)
5:53 album only
12. Moon Tide
3:34 album only
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Album Notes
Norm Peterson is a keyboardist/musician/singer/songwriter from the Seattle area with many years in the music business. Finally to a place in his life where he can write, compose & record the music he has always wanted to do. Drawing from many influences and styles this is a totally original CD really not sounding like anyone else. Very easy listening and very much music from the heart. The groove is the basis of the music and then everything floats on the top of that. Featured prominently are exciting \"guitar\' emulations played on the keyboard. Very bluesy & soulful and convincing. Norm also plays guitar but prefers to emulate these sounds via the keyboard. Vintage sounds of the Fender Rhodes electric piano, the Wurlitzer electric piano, Hammond organ, Clavinet, acoustic piano and synthesizer are featured prominently. All the music was recorded in Norm\'s home studio on Camano Island in Washington state. \"Island Crossing\" is the area leading to Camano island and this music is his tribute and inspirations to this beautiful part of the NW.

Island Crossing was reviewed in the Aug. \'08 issue of Keyboard magazine.
Here is the review...

\"Camano Island, WA. is an idyllic paradise that has inspired resident Norm Peterson to create a cool album full of keyboards and laid-back grooves. The disc\'s cover matches the musical mood: the stoic Peterson, trusty Nord synth in hand, gazing out over the water towards distant horizons. Inside the album, the music ranges from Peterson\'s own compositions, such as the syncopated Hammond funk on \"Corgi Butts\" and the bluesy, Wurly-infused title track, to a tasty rendition of Sugarloaf\'s \"Green Eyed Lady\", that shows Peterson\'s appreciation for Jerry Corbetta\'s organ talents. Amazingly the talented Peterson produced every sound from the drums on up with his keyboards., which include two Nords and a Motif rack. Cross on over to Peterson\'s island and sample some Northwest grooves!\"

Robbie Gennett - Keyboard Magazine (Aug 1, 2008)



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Tim Butler

Has an Osobeesue sound to it. Congratulations!! Norman you have finally done it. Mutch better than the thing with Bob Dillon in the basment with the sweaters.

tom dragland

Island crossing
WOW, I'll rank you up there with the 'best of all time' keyboardists. Not since Jan Hammer has someone had to state "no guitars" in the liner notes. Thanks for the great sounds and tunes!!!

Bill Adams

Buy It!!
I ran across this guy in a Yahoo group. This is light jazz with some funk thrown in for good measure. The guitar emulations are reminiscent of Jan Hammer but with more "guitarlike" patches. The Cd flows quite well with originals mixed with two covers. Greeneyed Lady is completely reworked and has a great jazz feel, while Santana's Flor d' Luna reproduces the original with all keyboards. Nice stuff!! If you love vintage keyboards played extremely well with a smooth jazz feel then you should pick this one up. If you play keyboards, why don't you already have it. I am and I plan to "steal" some sweet licks from this one.

Dave Ownbey

Love it!
This is a must have CD! Great keyboard technique with soul. If I didn\'t know better, I would swear there were world class guitar players on this album. Hopefully Island Crossing will get Mr. Peterson the worldwide recognition he certainly deserves.

Vic Urbina

Where's my Martini...???
Jazz Blues Fusion Excellence! My brother…you’ve truly landed in your own niche. Your style breathes fresh air into that classic Leslie spinning double horn. You’ve taken the musician’s palette and truly defined the local color of the region. I can almost see myself walking down Sunrise Boulevard. With each chord you play there is an exactness and ambience that creates distinction and a comfort zone right in the middle of a real jazz groove! I’ll take that double dry martini with extra olive now…


Sweet! As Norm says. This album is nothing but cool. A great first album of a soon-to-be set of wonderful talent. Enjoy