Born: August 19, 1944 Primary Instrument: Guitar
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....
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
Leitch plays with bite, drive, and refreshing intelligence...a concern for structure and rhythmic vitality. --The New Yorker
Peter Leitch has been turning out consistently tasty, relentlessly swinging straightahead jazz albums for 12 years...marked by fluid phrasing, rhythmic drive, romantic lyricisim... --Guitar Player
Pumping out a steady flow of top-flight jazz albums...his works has been remarkably unpredictable and always fresh. --The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, LP and Cassette
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