We've updated our Terms of Use. You can review the changes here.
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card

      $10 USD  or more


Dania 06:20
Meta 08:17
Kanape 06:07
Paul 05:16
Worms 08:08
Sidecar 06:58


Sprung from out of the dark alleys and smoke filled venues of downtown NYC and Brooklyn, these 3 found themselves meeting regularly up in the Catskill mountains to breath some fresh air and knock some rust off their ever intertwined musical associations cemented more than 25 years ago. While all have been involved in pushing their music forward with self led bands, they have individually collaborated with a list of icons as long as the New York State thruway. Along with originals by Medeski and Perowsky, as well as paying homage and respects to heroes Wayne Shorter & Jaco Pastorius, this Woodstock NY made recording finally documents this musical triumvirate of Perowsky, Medeski and Speed.

Jaco's composition Dania leads off the record. Medeski, brought in the handwritten chart by Jaco, with whom he played regularly while growing up in Florida. Perowsky also had brushes with the legend as a teen in NYC jazz clubs where he heard this composition performed many times.

Meta is a portrait written by Medeski.

Kanape written by Perowsky for a stream in the Catskills of the same name (near the one in the album cover).

Paul was named for the great Paul Motian who passed a couple years prior to this recording. It also pays homage to Lennon's I Am The Walrus which bears slight reference to Paul McCartney.

Worms originally recorded by MMW is written by Medeski.

Face On The Barroom Floor is Perowsky's arrangement of a Wayne Shorter composition from a duet with the late great Joe Zawinul. Wayne grew up in Newark N.J. with Bobby Thomas, Ben's main drum teacher.

Sidecar is written by Miles Davis.

Love and the Apocalypse is written by Perowsky back in early 90's, not recorded until now.

1.Dania 06:20 (Pastorius)
2.Meta 08:17 (Medeski)
3.Kanape 06:07 (Perowsky)
4.Paul 05:16 (Perowsky)
5.Worms 08:08 (Medeski)
6.Face On The Barroom Floor 04:56 (Shorter)
7.Sidecar 06:58 (Davis)
8.Love and the Apocalypse 07:05 (Perowsky)


released November 19, 2019

Recorded by Pete Caigan in Woodstock NY on 5/13/14
Mixed by Danny Blume
Mastered by Roger Lian
Cover photo/design by Ben Perowsky
Produced by Ben Perowsky


all rights reserved



Ben Perowsky Brooklyn, New York

Drummer Ben Perowsky’s notable career has placed him among a small vanguard of players able to move between jazz, experimental music and cutting edge pop and rock. His extensive list of credits and collaborators can be seen on his website: perowsky.com

contact / help

Contact Ben Perowsky

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Report this album or account

If you like Upstream, you may also like: