Peter Hand Big Band
Out of Hand (Savant)
Track #1 on new cd is "Sunny"
|2. Blues In the Night|
|3. Listen to Your Heart|
|4. Out of Print Blues|
|5. Barbara Rose|
|6. The Elevator|
|7. Night Echo|
|8. Day Dream|
Editorial ReviewsThe sound of a truly fine big band makes a lasting aural impression, combining sheer grandness with the finest, intimate improvisations. We now welcome back to the stage the Peter Hand Big Band. A native of New York City, Hand has been a guitarist in a wide variety of groups, has composed an impressive number of tunes, and has also studied big band arranging and composing with the legendary Herb Pomeroy. The Band, includes a stellar array of New York jazz players including Houston Person, Don Braden, Eddie Allen, Valery Ponomarev, Bruce Williams, James Weidman and Harvie S to name a few.
- Audio CD (September 23, 2014)
- Original Release Date: 2014
- Number of Discs: 1
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NEW York guitarist Peter Hand leads his big band through five originals and four standards with a little help from the big, bold tone of tenor saxophonist Houston Person on three tracks.
Person, who was also featured on the band's first recording -- a 2009 tribute to composer Harold Arlen -- uses his soulful sound to drench the listener in blues on the Arlen/Johnny Mercer pop classic Blues in the Night.
The tenor saxophonist is relaxed on the Strayhorn/Ellington tune Daydream and sets feet dancing on Bobby Hebb's Sunny.
Soloists trumpeter Eddie Allen and pianist James Weidman give Summertime some new life.
Hand, a solid guitarist, arranger and composer, lays down some blues on Out of Print Blues and leads the band through Latin-steeped Night Echo, both from his pen.
Tight arranging and ensemble playing give the material life. ***1/2
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-- Chris Smith
From Winnipeg Free Press
2010 Live version of "Sunny" from Peter Hand Big Band
The Peter Hand Big Band in concert at Centenary Theatre, Hackettstown, NJ
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