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Peter Bernstein

On Earth Tones, his fourth recording as a leader for the Criss Cross label, guitarist Peter Bernstein rekindles the chemistry he established ten years ago with trio mates Larry Goldings on Hammond B-3 organ and Bill Stewart on drums. From the swinging opener “Metamorphosis” to the ultra-funky closer “Carrot Top,” the boppish Hank Mobley theme “The Breakthrough” and lush takes on “How Deep is the Ocean” and “Who Can I Turn To,” they hit on that rare rapport that only grows deeper over time.

“We started playing together about late ’89 up at Augies,” says Bernstein, referring to a popular jazz hangout near Columbia University. “We played every Thursday night there for about a year and a half. Nothing can take the place of having some years of playing together. So every time we get together now there’s a certain shared history that we can just build on. It’s nice.”

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