Jazz Album of the Year: Group 2016

Peripheral Vision

Sheer Tyranny of Will


Jazz Album of the Year: Group





Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

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 jazz, rock, classical and improv, with a focus on dynamic group interaction.

Peripheral Vision was recently featured at the Montréal Jazz Festival, where they were awarded the Galaxie Rising Star Award. Having just released their highly anticipated third album, Sheer Tyranny Of Will, they maintain a busy touring schedule in support of their three critically acclaimed albums. 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 1960s 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.