Today, our video spotlight is focused on pianist and U City native Peter Martin, who has a new recording out this week and a performance scheduled next weekend in St. Louis to celebrate the release.
The album is called What Lies Ahead, and it features Martin in a trio setting with bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Gregory Hutchinson, plus some guest performances from singers Erin Bode and Brian Owens and members of The 442s.
It was recorded in May at Shock City Studios here in St. Louis, and parts of the sessions also were captured on video, as seen in the first clip up above, which features Martin, Rogers and Hutchinson performing a track from the album called "Clapper Dapper."
After the jump, you can see them perform "Broadmoor," another song from the What Lies Ahead sessions.
Below that, there's some live footage of Martin, specifically a funked-up version of "Summertime" recorded this past July at the Montreux Jazz Festival. It features Martin and his colleagues from the touring band of singer Dianne Reeves, for whom he has served as music director for more than a decade. That's East St. Louis' own Terreon Gully on the drums, along with guitarist Romero Lubambo and bassist Reginald Veal.
That's followed a video uploaded by Martin himself, offering a backstage look at the Reeves band's 2015 European tour.
Shot by St. Louis videographer James Ross, the two clips feature Martin in a duo with fellow keyboardist Federico Gonzalez Pena, performing Italian guitarist/pianist Egberto Gismonti's "Loro" and an unspecified selection (possibly a spontaneous creation?).
You can see the rest of today's videos after the jump...