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Guitarist Peter Leitch can always be relied upon to play high-quality modern straight-ahead jazz. On this Reservoir CD, he heads a quintet that also features the underrated but talented Jed Levy on tenor and (on two numbers) flute, pianist George Cables, bassist Dwayne Burno, and drummer Steve Johns. The music is primarily hard bop, with the highlights including Henry Mancini's "Theme from Mr. Lucky," Charlie Parker's obscure "Segment," and an unaccompanied acoustic guitar version of "East of the Sun." Most unusual is hearing a cover version of Albert Ayler's "Ghosts," although Leitch cheats a bit by turning the avant-garde piece into a calypso. He also contributes four originals, including the driving "Allyson." Peter Leitch has continued to grow and evolve as a guitarist through the years, and he is in superior form throughout this enjoyable set.


Born: 1944 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Peter Leitch has long been one of the top straight-ahead guitarists in jazz, a fine hard bop-based improviser with a swinging style and an appealing quiet tone. He grew up in Montreal, lived in Toronto during 1977-1981; recorded with Oscar Peterson, the Al Grey/Jimmy Forrest Quintet, and Sadik Hakim; and debuted as a leader in 1981 on the Jazz House label. Since moving to New York in 1983, Leitch has been a busy freelancer and has recorded a leader for...
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