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Peter Leitch

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.

Peter is also an accomplished photographer. It is fitting that the release of his new CD is in conjunction with the opening of his photography show “Mississippi and the South,” at the WBGO Gallery in Newark.

Autobiography pays tribute to some of the guitarists, heroes, influences and friends (including a tune written for everyone's favorite jazz waitress, “Allyson.”) Fans who buy the CD from the website or from Peter directly will also receive a fun 9-minute DVD about the making of Autobiography .

Duality is an intimate musical conversation between the guitarist and pianist John Hicks.

The Montreal Concert is a duet of another sort. Recorded live (a first!), he and altoist Gary Bartz take some musical chances to create what Jazziz calls, “one of the new decade's sterling examples of chamber jazz.”

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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

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