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Peter Leitch

Peter Leitch has over the years, gained an international reputation for his unique personal style, rooted in tradition but recognizably his own. Of his fifteen recordings as a leader, many feature his long-time rhythm section of pianist John Hicks, Ray Drummond and Smitty Smith. Several also include a saxophonist (Pepper Adams, Bobby Watson, Gary Bartz and Jed Levy have each contributed to Peter's recordings).

Self-Portrait is Peter's most recent release (April 2007) and is his first complete solo effort. It features music ranging from Mingus, Ellington and Strayhorn to several new originals performed on electric and acoustic guitar.

Peter is also an accomplished photographer. It is fitting that the release of his new CD is in conjunction with the opening of his photography show "Mississippi and the South," at the WBGO Gallery in Newark.

Autobiography pays tribute to some of the guitarists, heroes, influences and friends (including a tune written for everyone's favorite jazz waitress, "Allyson.") Fans who buy the CD from the website or from Peter directly will also receive a fun 9-minute DVD about the making of Autobiography .

Duality is an intimate musical conversation between the guitarist and pianist John Hicks.

The Montreal Concert is a duet of another sort. Recorded live (a first!), he and altoist Gary Bartz take some musical chances to create what Jazziz calls, "one of the new decade's sterling examples of chamber jazz."

Blues On The Corner is a sextet recording that Peter feels is a winning combination of new voices and old friends and they're unique! Bobby Watson, Kendra Shank, Renee Rosnes, Dwayne Burno and Billy Hart join Peter in making this something special in this mix of originals and music from within the jazz repertoire.

Up Front on Reservoir Records, is a trio effort featuring the guitarist in a more "up front" setting than his previous recording. Featuring bassist Sean Smith and drummer Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Peter, according to Jim Ferguson at Jazz Times, renders this nine-tune set with "a combination of his trademark virtuosity, imagination, musicianship and good taste." And, according to Downbeat, "his long, smoothly flowing lines sound emotional and hauntingly beautiful."

Colours And Dimensions finds the guitarist leading a full-size ensemble featuring piano, bass, drums and three horns. "I wanted to get a group sound in which the guitar was part of the ensemble, rather than make a guitar record per se," Leitch said. The result is a fine summation of his other releases with superb displays of his playing on both electric and acoustic guitars, his composing, and his arranging.

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"His music swings with intensity, logic and inventiveness." --Ken Franckling, JazzTimes

"Leitch has been making finely crafted albums with an ever increasing cast for over a decade. This is his best yet (Colours & Dimensions)...septet originals, all richly orchestrated and each utterly memorable." --George Kanzler, Newark Star Ledger

"Leitch's signature remains his warm-toned, saxophonic single note lines which he spins with fluidity, harmonic sophistication and driving swing." --Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes

"His warm, singing lines...have both a melodic grace and a rhythmic strength." --John S. Wilson, New York Times

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

New Life

Jazz House
2021

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Self-Portrait

Jazz House
2007

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Autobiography

Reservoir Music
2004

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Blues on the Corner

Reservoir Music
2000

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Exhilaration

Free Elephant
1985

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Sometime In Another...

Free Elephant
1982

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