This third album by percussionist Peter Kogan (Local 30-73, St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN) offers mainstream jazz that is challenging yet accessible, comprising seven of his originals and four classics. Kogan assembled a talented group for this project, including fellow Local 30-73 members Scott Agster, Jeff Bailey, Chris Bates, Dave Graf, Brian Grivna, Chris Olson, Gary Raynor, Sean Turner, Pete Whitman, and Cory Wong. There are musical nods to Mary Lou Williams, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, and more. Kogan provides the masterful rhythmic pulse throughout.
In 1977, Kogan left a position as principal percussion and associate principal timpani with the Pittsburgh Symphony to move to New York City and explore his passion for jazz, blues, and rock. He returned to symphonic work in 1984, retiring from his latest position, as Minnesota Orchestra’s principal timpanist, in 2015. Kogan currently performs with the group heard on this CD, which he calls “The Monsterful Wonderband.”