Peripheral Vision is one of the most exciting and innovative jazz quartets to have recently appeared on the international jazz scene. Based in Toronto, the creative leaders of the group are long time musical collaborators, guitarist Don Scott and bassist Michael Herring. They have assembled a synergistic musical unit designed to push the boundaries of jazz while engaging the listener with a grooving, toe-tapping immediacy. Their distinctive musical voice bridges tradition and innovation, with deeply felt influences ranging from Wayne Shorter, Booker Little, and Charles Mingus, to David Binney, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and The Bad Plus.
Peripheral Vision was recently featured at the Montreal Jazz Festival, where Scott's piece, Backbone, took home the Galaxie Rising Star Award for best composition. Set to release their highly anticipated third album, Sheer Tyranny Of Will in 2014, they maintain a busy touring schedule in support of their previous two releases, both albums ranking in a number of critics' year-end lists. Scott and Herring are joined by saxophonist Trevor Hogg and drummer Nick Fraser. While the compositions are Herring and Scott's, Peripheral Vision is defined by its group rapport. Bringing back the anything-is-possible democratic approach of both 1960's jazz and garage bands, the music takes shape as a collective process. This no-holds-barred philosophy is at the root of Peripheral Vision's explosive performances.
2012 Galaxie Rising Star Award Winner - Montreal Jazz Festival
“This outfit produces jazz for this century… all the material has something to say, propelled with elegant momentum and hearty rations of dynamic interplay.” - Geoff Chapman, The Wholenote
"Peripheral Vision are making exacting but emotional music that nimbly relays complexity in a heady but appealing way, and with Spectacle: Live!, they demonstrate that they can pull off their magic in real-time." - Peter Hum, The Ottawa Citizen
"Dominated by lively counterpoint...with constantly shifting and inventive underpinnings" - Downbeat Magazine
★★★★ The Globe and Mail