Chris Searle Morning Star album review: A Sense Of Place Through Melody And Love



'I first heard the London pianist Peter Edwards at the Albany in Deptford when he was playing with the late New Orleans-born trumpeter, Abram Wilson.

He was an integral part of Wilson’s quartet on his last album, Life Painting’s of 2009.

Edwards grew up in music with a piano in the front room.

As a schoolboy he learnt clarinet while his teenage brother, with whom he shared a room, brought home records by Charlie Parker and John Coltrane.

He studied jazz at the Trinity College of Music then at the Ealing Jazz Festival he met British stalwarts bassist Gary Crosby, saxophonist Denys Baptiste and pianist Alex Wilson and he was soon a part of the young black British jazz initiative, Tomorrow’s Warriors.

His time with Abram Wilson and visits to Cuba and South Africa were all powerful factors in his musical development.

He began arranging for the Nu Civilisation Orchestra and accompanying singer Zara McFarlane.'

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