Born: August 13, 1953 Primary Instrument: Trumpet
The Iter concept, developed by Anastos (it's not that deep, folks), is a musical journey down the Roman road, or iter common crossword clue), of jazz. The compositions are eclectic, ranging from the title cut, Iternity, which offers intertwined harmonies by the horns over a revolving foundation played by the rhythm section before bursting into a hard bop, to Carousel which starts as a child's nightmare on the county fair's carousel but ends in a smooth, flowing ride. The other selections, such as Leebarebop, which incorporates the influence of Lee Morgan with a funky, hip-hop rhythm and DeCoy, based on McCoy Tyner's signature 70's chord structures, illustrate Anastos' versatile writing style.
A great program of modern jazz; original ideas with colors of the masters. The arrangements involve the whole band, adding lots of movement and dimension. Peter's strong melodies bear the personal stamp of his ear for the piquant interval. That sense, and an unflagging band, unify these tracks into an artistic statement. From buoyant to mysterious, classic to challenging, these are the iterations of Peter Anastos, tenor saxophonist and composer David Slusser.
The band features Anastos on trumpet, Nelson Braxton on acoustic bass, Andy Dillard on drums, Steve Erquiaga on guitar, Jason Martineau on piano, and Bryan McVicker on tenor and soprano saxes.
As Anastos himself will tell you, It took almost 25 years to produce this album so don't expect the next one until about 2031!