anyone who followed the development of house music made in the usa in the last decade will certainly have met the art of fred peterkin aka fred p aka black jazz consortium. the new york city native has been working on his very own music for almost 20 years, releasing some of the gentlest soul infiltrated four-to-the-floor house creations you can get.   his melting shuffling percussions with elementary melodies are done in such in a sense that the heavily used and abused phrase “deepness” finally gets a fresh truthful new meaning.   as a man who danced in his younger years in legendary nyc clubs like the red zone, sound factory or tunnel to dj sets of larger-than-life selectors like david morales, frankie knuckles or danny tenaglia, he learned that sometimes less is more. and that he should rather listen to his heart and soul, than the cacophony of the music market.   that is why you can call his house music journey music, music to travel to. sometimes it is an introspective and meditative journey; sometimes an inspirational and lively one. it always stays visionary while using simple codes to transform his inner voice into rhythms and melodies.   most of the eps and albums that he produced as fred p or black jazz consortium have been released via his very own label soul people music, now in operation for ten years. as fred p he also dropped 12inches on jus-ed’s underground quality as well as on toshiya kawasaki’s mule musiq label.   for the latter he now produced an album under the moniker of fp-oner, simply titled “5, the meaning of which the man from queens explains in the liner notes by himself. it is the start of a new trilogy that will lean more to the jazzier, relaxed and atmospheric side of his artistic deep house expressions.   as he adapts more from influences than technique, the album partly reminds of great smooth and exhilarating house moments from the past while heading straight into future. like always in fred p’s large œuvre all tracks are rooted in honesty - no chord, no groove, no tone is superficial. all eleven tracks thrive on mood – from sadness to sunshine.   the album starts with “in the mist of sunrise” – a track that seduces with a deep heavy bass-line, moony emotive chords and a hint of an improvised gentle piano melody. its followed by “manifestations taking place” – an emotive deep-jazz influenced track that could easily fit in his black jazz consortium body of work.   with “the art of regeneration” he pushes the dance floor beat for the first time. it is a simple sensation of a track, with an alien synth melody in the background, cool claps and soft seducing keys. thenceforth the longplayer oscillates between uplifting and smooth sensations, seducing with african percussions, serpentine melodies, jacking beats, emotive deep jazz moments, airy analogue chords, ethereal synths, tinkling keys, lounging soul vocals and dreamy atmospheres.   a groove-based introspection that he produced in berlin and up-road in hotel rooms between new york city and tokyo, it put all its elements together to the point in order to create elegant constructed house music that makes you feel entirely at ease.   as a tireless dj that is constantly on the road playing from berlin to rio and new york to tokyo, fred P has proved that he is one of the great spiritual house master builders of our time. “he who binds to himself a joy does the winged life destroy; but he who kisses the joy as it flies lives in eternity's sun rise”, the british poet william blake ones wrote. a poem that befits the art of fred p, as all his creations come to stay.
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