Hand, Peter

Savant, 2009CD
Instrument: Guitar

Issue: 15.3

Jazz Ruler Type: BigBand
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Performance: 5
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Sound: 4
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O’s Notes: This is an excellent combination of a big band with dexterity with one of the finest tenor sax players, Houston Person. Guitarist Peter Hand’s 18-piece ensemble includes Don Braden (sax), Valery Ponomarev (t), Richard Wyands (p) and bassist Harvie S. That is a lot of talent and he tames all of the egos making this live session energetic and enjoyable. The program includes seven of Harold Arlen’s best tunes plus Person’s “Blue Jug/Harlod’s Blues”, one of the best of the set. Most of the tunes are upbeat and energy packed but they do play a couple of ballads allowing Houston to warm up the crowd with the throaty mellow tine of his sax. “The Man That Got Away” is the best of the ballads. The Wizard of Jazz swings with a jovial spirit to an appreciative audience.


Publicist: Jazz Depot