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Peter Leitch: Self Portrait

Peter Leitch goes out on a limb with this intimate solo outing that showcases his graceful integration of chording, bass lines and melodic improvisation with an unerring sense of swing, in the great tradition of Joe Pass. Along with several intriguing originals like his Monk-ish “Brilliant Blue” and “The Woman From Lower Manhattan” (both utilizing a two-guitar overdubbed effect) and his bluesy “H&L” (dedicated to his former duet partner, the late John Hicks), Leitch turns in elegant renditions of harmonically rich fare like Mal Waldron’s “Soul Eyes,” Harold Arlen’s “A Sleeping Bee” and Jerome Kern’s “Yesterdays.”

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