Personnel: Peter Leitch (guitar); Dwayne Burno (double bass); Jed Levy (flute, tenor saxophone); George Cables (piano); Steve Johns (drums).
Liner Note Author: Peter Leitch.
Recording information: Avatar Studio, New York, NY (01/24/2004); Avatar Studios, New York, NY (01/24/2004).
Photographers: Abigail Feldman; B. Robert Johnson.
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. ~ Scott Yanow