Michael Pedicin & Quintet CD Relase Celebration

During a prolific career that spans more than four decades,tenor saxophone master Michael Pedicinhas toured with such jazz greats asMaynard Ferguson, Dave Brubeck, Stanley Clarke, and Pat Martino, as well asR&B, rock, and pop icons Stevie Wonder, the O’Jays, David Bowie, and LouRawls. And he even played behind Frank Sinatra a few times. He’s recorded 10albums under his own name since 1980 and considers the tenth one, Ballads…searchingfor peace, just released on the Jazz Hut label, to be his crowning achievement.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been able to proudly listen to oneof my own CDs until this ballads album,” the saxophonist says.

Ballads…searching for peace was inspired in part byPedicin’s main musical hero, the late, great John Coltrane, although it doesnot contain any of the tunes Coltrane recorded on his classic 1962 Impulse!album titled Ballads. Pedicin’s disc does, however, include a lovely renditionof McCoy Tyner’s “Searching for Peace,” which the former Coltrane pianist firstrecorded for Blue Note in 1967.