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Peter Leitch

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Primary Instrument: Guitar

Born: August 19, 1944    

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....
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”His music swings with intensity, logic and inventiveness.” --Ken Franckling, JazzTimes

“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

  • Autobiography

    Reservoir Music
    2004
  • Exhilaration

    Free Elephant
    1985
  • Sometime In Another Life

    Free Elephant
    1982

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Autobiography by Ken Franckling

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