Peter Erskine

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Peter Erskine (2008)

Peter Erskine (* 5. June 1954 in Somers Point , New Jersey) is an American jazz - drummer . He is considered one of the most versatile and busiest jazz drummers of the last few decades. He became known as a member of Weather Report , where he played from 1978 with interruptions until 1986.


Erskine with Weather Report (1981)

Erskine began playing the drums at the age of four. After attending the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan , he studied percussion at Indiana University . He has been a professional musician since 1972. After three years with Stan Kenton's orchestra, he played with Maynard Ferguson for two years .

He became known to a wider public primarily through his work in the fusion group Weather Report (from 1978; heard on "Mr. Gone"), which he left after five years to play with the fusion band Steps Ahead .

Together with bassists like Jaco Pastorius , John Patitucci , Michael Formanek , Marc Johnson , Eddie Gomez , Dave Holland , Michel Benita , Palle Danielsson , Dave Carpenter and Buell Neidlinger , he formed an exemplary rhythm group .

Erskine has worked as a drummer in over 700 LP or CD productions. In addition to jazz, he has also worked with musicians from pop and rock . His playing is characterized by flawless craftsmanship and footwork, musicality and interactivity. Since the 1980s, Erskine has also recorded a number of albums as the leader of his own trio for the Munich label ECM, on which the pianist John Taylor and bassist Palle Danielsson participated.

Erskine has also made a name for himself as an author of textbooks and instructional videos. The DVD, "The Erskine Method for Drumset" (Alfred Publishing Co. Inc.) clearly documents his educational and musical talent. He also runs his own CD production, Fuzzy Music , with his wife Mutsuko . He used Yamaha drums until 2005 , then drum workshop equipment, and Tama drums since 2014 .

He has been voted best jazz drummer eight times by the readers of Modern Drummer magazine , that is, by drummers.



  • Mon Livre / My Book (1996)
  • Time awareness
  • The Erskine Method for Drumset
  • Peter Erskine the Drum Perspective
  • Drum Concepts and Techniques
  • No Beethoven: Autobiography and Chronicle of Weather Report. Alfred Music Publishing 2014, ISBN 978-3-943638-91-2 .

Discographic notes

Recordings under your own name
  • 1982 Peter Erskine ( Contemporary Records / OJC)
  • 1987 Transition (Denon)
  • 1988 Motion Poet (Denon)
  • 1991 Sweet Soul (BGM / RCA Victor ) with Joe Lovano, Marc Johnson, John Scofield, Kenny Werner, Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker
  • 1992 You Never Know ( ECM ) with John Taylor, Palle Danielsson
  • 1993 Time Being (ECM) dto.
  • 1995 As It Is (ECM)
  • 1998 All About Love (Fuzzy Music)
  • 1998 Lava Jazz (Fuzzy Music)
  • 1998 Behind Closed Doors, Vol. 1 (Fuzzy Music)
  • 1999 June (ECM) with Taylor & Danielsson
  • 2001 Side Man Blue (Fuzzy) with Andy Haderer , Rolf Römer
  • 2005 The Lounge Art Ensemble: Music for Moderns (Fuzzy Music)
  • 2016 How long is now (ACT) with Iiro Rantala and  Lars Danielsson
Recordings as a sideman

Web links

Commons : Peter Erskine  - album with pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Tama