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 maintain a busy touring schedule in support of their three critically acclaimed albums, the latest of which, Sheer Tyranny of Will, was nominated for a 2016 JUNO award. They also were awarded the Montreal Jazz Festival’s Galaxie Rising Star Award. 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
"Unfailingly fresh, incalculable and rewarding, Peripheral Vision is giving jazz the swift kick in the pants that it needs." - S. Victor Aaron, Something Else!
"Peripheral Vision displays an amazing cohesion of sound as they cut a wide harmonic path that perhaps only a dozen other bands in North America could touch. Gernres are transcended and boundaries are smashed." - criticaljazz.com
Dominated by lively counterpoint...with constantly shifting and inventive underpinnings." - Downbeat Magazine