Peter Erskine Playalong App
Jazz Essentials is a collection of play-along tracks recorded by drummer Peter Erskine, pianist Alan Pasqua and bassist Darek Oles, which aim to give users the experience of playing in a live situation.
Each of the 10 tracks allows you to mute individual instruments or re-mix them to find your preferred accompaniment, with chord charts for all tracks written for C, BL or EL instruments, although unfortunately there are no specific drum charts included. Each track also has a mutable click accompaniment, as well as optional vocal count-in, with the mixer screen being very simple and easy to use.
The music sounds superb, with the individual aspects of the trio recorded very cleanly so that once an instrument is muted there is no ‘spill’ into the mics recording the remaining instruments. As you’d imagine coming from such well regarded musicians, the performance from each individual member is first-rate, and playing along to the tracks gives you a real sense of playing with some of the world’s top jazz musicians.
But at £7.99this app does seem a touch expensive for what it provides, although for anyone studying jazz it really is money well spent.