When one listens to jazz percussionist Eric Frazier, don't expect to sit still. You will tap your feet, rock side to side or simply sing with familiar tunes on his latest project, In Your Own Time.
Frazier, a Harlem, N.Y., native, is known for his eclectic mix of jazz, blues, salsa, rhythm and blues, calypso, Latin jazz and world music. With a stellar band backing him up with the right note, one can salsa dance to "Que Tanga Un Buendia" to feeling the spirit of Southern churches in "Feeling So Unnecessary" to remembering late great R&B artists such as Luther Vandross ("Here to Stay") and Lou Rawls ("Like a Lion in the Serengeti"). The nine-track disc is popular on jazz stations nationwide.
Frazier has had extensive study of the congra drum, djembe drum and African dance. He has performed in several New York historic venues such as the Rainbow Room, Madison Square Garden Theater and the Apollo Theater. Having performed with legends such as Pharoah Sanders and Jack McDuff as well as many dance groups such as Katherine Dunham and The International African Ballet, it is easy to see how music and culture has influenced Frazier's background, and it reflects in his musical compositions.