Peter Lerner: Cry For Peace (2008)
The disc opens with Lerner's medium-tempo greaser "Lerner Burner," anchored by Hazeltine's in-the-pocket organ playing. Alexander takes a lengthy solo turn before Lerner weighs in with his warmed over swinging lines. The guitarist's straight-forward improvisation takes center stage throughout, especially on the relaxed "Billie's Bossa," Gigi Gryce's "Minority" and the organ groover "The Mean Mr. Green." Far from a mere blowing session, the disc emphasizes slick, small-group arranging, as evidenced on the ominous title track and Herbie Hancock's "Dolphin Dance."
Legendary drummer Victor Lewis, bassist Ed Howard and reedman Jerry Dodgian round out the powerhouse ensemble assembled to breathe life into Lerner's inspired compositions.
Lerner proves himself a highly communicative soloist who applies his ample guitar chops with diligence. From beginning to end, Cry For Peace is an enjoyable, well programmed listen.
Track Listing: Lerner Burner; Billie?s Bossa; Inner Drum; Cry for Peace; Dolphin Dance; Minority; Stretch; Pi????The Mean Mr. Green.
Personnel: Jim Rotondi: trumpet, flugelhorn; Jerry Dodgion: alto saxophone, alto flute, flute; Eric Alexander: tenor sax; Steve Davis: trombone; David Hazeltine: piano, organ; Ed Howard: bass; Victor Lewis: drums.
Record Label: Blujazz Productions