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What Comes Next

Peter Bernstein

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1.1
Simple as That
Peter Bernstein
7:21
1.2
What Comes Next
Peter Bernstein
5:59
1.3
Empty Streets
Peter Bernstein
6:17
1.4
Harbor No Illusions
Peter Bernstein
7:19
1.5
Dance in Your Blood
Peter Bernstein
5:34
1.6
We'll Be Togther Again
Peter Bernstein
5:16
1.7
Con Alma
Peter Bernstein
7:07
1.8
Blood Wolf Moon Blues
Peter Bernstein
8:27
1.9
Newark News
Peter Bernstein
5:08
Total Playing Time    58:28
The title of What Comes Next, the latest album by guitarist Peter Bernstein, certainly echoes a question that we’ve all been asking ourselves in recent months. Locked away, wary of leaving the house during a global pandemic, divided by politics and protests, all during a most vital U.S. Presidential election year – any one of those issues would spell an uncertain future.

But look again at that title: Bernstein very deliberately left off the question mark. While the interrogative continues to apply, especially for musicians in a world without gigs, Bernstein set out to make a statement as well. His What Comes Next not only arrives in the midst of quarantine but was recorded during the lockdown as well. With what once was the simple act of gathering four stellar musicians in a room to play music together, this album points a musical way forward in the way that only the most incisive jazz can.

The timing was especially fortuitous as three months of isolation had given Bernstein plenty of opportunity to compose some new music. With tour schedules and conflicting dates hardly being an issue, Bernstein assembled a dream quartet for the date. He’s joined by Grammy-winning pianist Sullivan Fortner (Cécile McLorin Salvant, Roy Hargrove), drummer and frequent collaborator Joe Farnsworth (McCoy Tyner, Pharoah Sanders) and for the first time on one of the guitarist’s own sessions by the always exquisite bassist Peter Washington (Bill Charlap, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers).

“Without the question mark, What Comes Next implies that you have some idea, some intention. That seems like such a huge concept now, but it’s inherent to the very idea of playing jazz. It’s the basic question that we deal with all the time when we’re given the freedom to improvise: now what do I play? What note should come next? Where are we in the conversation? With everybody’s lives being put on hold, that idea can be extended beyond the fact of just playing music.”
- Peter Bernstein
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Tracks 1-9 – contains material which utilizes a limited amount of the available bandwidth

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