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Peter Bernstein: Let Loose

Read "Let Loose" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

When it comes to guitarists of his generation, Peter Bernstein stands head and shoulders above the crowd. His tone and melodic approach are so recognizable as to be detected in a just a few bars. Since 1989, he has been the go-to guitarist in New York City and has literally graced hundreds of recordings. Bernstein has also issued about a dozen of his own albums over the last twenty-five years, done in various formats for a variety of small labels. ...


Peter Bernstein, Larry Goldings, Bill Stewart at The Sugar Club, Dublin

Read "Peter Bernstein, Larry Goldings, Bill Stewart at The Sugar Club, Dublin" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Peter Bernstein, Larry Goldings, Bill Stewart The Sugar Club Dublin Ireland December 11 2013 The healthy queue outside The Sugar Club--a mixture of oldies, professional musicians and music students from Dublin's Newpark Music Centre--was testament to the enduring appeal and influence of one of jazz's longest running trios. It had been a dozen years since guitarist Peter Bernstein, drummer Bill Stewart and organist Larry Goldings last played in Dublin so there was a ...


Talking Jazz Guitar With Peter Bernstein and Jimmy Bruno

Read "Talking Jazz Guitar With Peter Bernstein and Jimmy Bruno" reviewed by Scott Krane

For many years Les Paul held a regular concert at the Iridium Jazz Club in Manhattan on Monday nights. After his death in 2009, others who are loosely considered to be in the same genre as Les Paul's jazz trio have performed the traditional gig at the Iridium.On Monday, July 8, on the eve of his day of birth, the Les Paul trio (Lou Pallo on solid-body electric guitar, Nicki Parrott on bass and John Colianni on piano) ...


Peter Bernstein: Live at Smalls

Read "Live at Smalls" reviewed by William Carey

A live recording from an intimate venue--in this case, the well-respected Greenwich Village club, Smalls--is like comfort food.. Live at Smalls, from guitarist Peter Bernstein, doesn't disappoint, starting off with a blues to welcome everyone in, with solid solo turns from all members of the quartet, also including pianist Richard Wyands, bassist John Webber and drummer Jimmy Cobb. Yes, Jimmy Cobb on drums. Not your average, everyday sideman. These performances come from two nights in 2008 (December ...


Peter Bernstein: Peter Bernstein Quartet, Live at Smalls

Read "Peter Bernstein Quartet, Live at Smalls" reviewed by Laurel Gross

Peter Bernstein is one of the most pleasing and accomplished guitarists around, a must-hear, go-see for fans of straight-ahead jazz with a fresh, of-the-moment feel. A fixture on the New York scene and beyond, Bernstein deserves to be even better-known for his intricately beautiful melodic lines, harmonic sophistication, spot-on improvisation and good taste. Mentored early on by Jim Hall, Bernstein's never been a screamer. He plays quietly and intensely, with confidence, intelligence, elegance and rare sensitivity--all amply ...


Peter Bernstein

Read "Peter Bernstein" reviewed by Andrey Henkin

Last month, Peter Bernstein arrived at Smalls, armed with his guitar and a small amp, to play an intimate solo gig. The crowd was a good one for an early evening set on a Wednesday and was bolstered by the presence of legendary trombonist Roswell Rudd. As the Yankees were winning the World Series a borough away, Bernstein was deciding tunes on the spot, running through pieces like “It Could Happen To You" and Monk numbers like “Light Blue" and ...


Peter Bernstein: Monk

Read "Monk" reviewed by George Kanzler

How and by whom a piece of music is presented profoundly influences how it's heard. This would seem to be a truism, but it is one often contradicted. Case in point: a band begins playing a Duke Ellington standard and there's recognition and approval from the audience, the “I like Duke" effect. When this happens with a singer beginning “Satin Doll" the irony is lost. Ellington disliked those Johnny Mercer lyrics so much he rarely presented a vocal version of ...


Peter Bernstein Trio: Live at Smoke

Read "Peter Bernstein Trio: Live at Smoke" reviewed by Tom Greenland

Peter Bernstein Trio Live at Smoke Mel Bay Records 2005

Peter Bernstein is the ultimate guitar anti-hero. Without the usual prestidigitation and pyrotechnics of his ilk, without an incessant impulse to chart new stylistic frontiers, Bernstein is nevertheless a guitarist's guitarist and a musician's musician. On his first DVD release, Peter Bernstein Trio: Live at Smoke, he makes a convincing case that less can be more, that old can be new.

Bernstein's trio, featuring ...


Peter Bernstein Trio: Live at Smoke

Read "Peter Bernstein Trio: Live at Smoke" reviewed by John Kelman

Peter Bernstein Trio Live at Smoke Mel Bay Records MB20961DVD 2005

Since the early 1990s, guitarist Peter Bernstein, organist Larry Goldings and drummer Bill Stewart have clocked a lot of musical time together. Recording and gigging as the Peter Bernstein Trio, the Larry Goldings Trio, or the Bill Stewart Trio as the situation demands, they've evolved the kind of chemistry that can only come from a longstanding and purely cooperative relationship. With the only ...

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