Sunday, May 15, 2016

Peter Leitch - Portraits & Dedications

It often seems like the Dutch label Criss Cross is much more enlightened when it comes to recording talented young American jazz musicians than major labels within the U.S.A. Such is the case with guitarist Peter Leitch, who's heard leading this 1988 session. With alto saxophonist Bobby Watson, pianist James Williams, bassist Ray Drummond, and drummer Marvin Smitty Smith added to the mix, great music was the only possible result. Leitch's "Pepper," a tribute to the late Pepper Adams (who gave him his first job in New York), is a brisk affair with sterling solos by all parties. His easygoing samba "Portrait of Sylvia" adds Jed Levy's alto flute. Duke Ellington's "Warm Valley" is a soulful duet with Watson that is full of fun and features great interplay as well. Leitch captures the moody air of Alec Wilder's infrequently performed ballad "The Winter of My Discontent" in his solo interpretation. Recommended.
Ken Dryden

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Peter Leitch
Portraits & Dedications


1 Pepper (Leitch)  5:56
2 Visage de Cathryn (Leitch)  5:25
3 Modes for Wood (Leitch)  4:36
4 Warm Valley (Ellington)  4:38
5 Colorado (Leitch)  5:35
6 Portrait of Sylvia (Leitch)  6:21
7 The Winter of My Discontent (Wilder)  2:46
8 A Blues for 'Nita (Leitch)  7:18
9 The Bulldog (Leitch)  5:45
10 Shades of Stein (Golson)  10:22


Peter Leitch - g
Bobby Watson - as
James Williams - p
Ray Drummond - b
Marvin "Smitty" Smith - dr
Jed Levy - a fl [# 2 & 6]

Recorded at Van Gelder Recording Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey ; December 30, 1988 & January 24, 1989


deGallo said...

Thank you. I thought I had all his recordings but this is new for me. Excellent!

yewsta said...

Thank you, Mel.

es125 said...

Peter Leitch-Thanks Mel, great to hear this great player.

es125 said...

Peter Leitch-Thanks Mel, great to hear this great player.

Blue Eyes said...

Superb session, thank you very much Mel!

Danneau said...

Superbe, et quelque peu rare, si je ne me trompe pas. Merci.

jazzfriend said...

Gran guitarrista Melanchthon, muchas gracias por compartir.

Saludos desde Chile.

Rick said...

Thanks Mel, one of his I don't have yet. Does anyone have:

Peter Leitch - Guitar
Gary Bartz - Alto & Soprano Saxophones

Peter Leitch - Guitar
John Hicks - Piano


trane said...

Thanks for Leitch - and what a line-up!

jazzy62 said...

Peter Leitch is very good indeed. Thank you very much for this.

jazztap said...


Melanchthon said...

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you very much, Mel

AmyBRAINS said...

New to me.
Thanks a lot, Melanchthon.

Historicus said...

Didn't know him, thanks a lot for your lectures in jazz !!!!

NagaYama said...

One more excellent musician I discover here.
Some really nice tunes and arrangements in this disk!

Thanks Melanchthon

Fred Archtop said...

Vraiment magnifique. Merci 1000 fois.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you Mel!

Anonymous said...

is it possible to re-up ?
Thanks a lot