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Peter Leitch: The Walker’s Duets

Peter Leitch

There are moments during this collection of duets, taped over a five-year period at Walker’s in Lower Manhattan, when you half expect Peter Leitch to put down his guitar, stand up and call for a little quiet. Really, people!

What’s distracting is not just the chatter often encountered at a restaurant with a no-cover policy, though that problem alone is enough to draw attention away from Leitch’s masterly handiwork. The kitchen clang and clatter is equally annoying, if not more so. When Harvie S takes a solo during “I Concentrate on You,” the opening number and a performance brightened by a series of melodic variations, it sounds as if someone nearby is shuffling dishes like a deck of cards.

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