Cry for Peace

Cry for Peace

by Peter Lerner


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Cry for Peace

Guitarist Peter Lerner is clearly influenced by Wes Montgomery in his ability to mix and match chords and single line phrases. But comparisons end quickly on this date of clever modern mainstream jazz that offers many out of the ordinary moments. Lerner has assembled a top-drawer crew, starting with producer Don Sickler, recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder, horn players Eric Alexander, Jim Rotondi, and Steve Davis, the great veteran multi-instrumentalist Jerry Dodgion, drummer Victor Lewis, bassist Ed Howard, and keyboardist David Hazeltine. These jazzmen are all worth mentioning because they are the cream of the crop, and lift Lerner's music to a tremendously high level. The CD is bookended by two organ combo tracks, Hazeltine doing the honors on the B-3; a cut that is reminiscent of the Jimmy Smith-Wes Montgomery tandem "Lerner Burner," and the groove biscuit tribute to Grant Green "The Mean Mr. Green." In the middle things change up on the light "Billie's Bossa" and Woody Shaw-styled, loping, caravan paced title track, with the always-brilliant Dodgion on flute and Rotondi featured. The horn section forms the perfect flotation device during the hip Horace Silver-style Latinized "Inner Drum" with Lerner's lead line joined by Davis' 'bone, while the most outstanding track "Stretch" begins in a pensive spirit waltz, then advances into an intricate complex theme that is easily the most attractive and original motif on the date. Dodgion's flute again shines on the wry waltz treatment of the normally 4/4 "Dolphin Dance," while the other cover, "Minority," is done typically hard bop style, and the band led by Lerner and Rotondi burn this one down. The unity this collective expresses is quite significant, but on the one cut, "Pina," each player's role is spacious and holds an individualists quality that loosely coalesces. Hopefully this will be a recording not dissed or ignored because the world at large does not know Peter Lerner. A sleeper for sure, it deserves its place as one of the best modern jazz recordings of recent memory.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/20/2007
Label: Blujazz Records
UPC: 0640668335726
catalogNumber: 3357

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Peter Lerner   Primary Artist
Victor Lewis   Drums
Eric Alexander   Tenor Saxophone
Steve Davis   Trombone
Jim Rotondi   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
David Hazeltine   Organ,Piano
Ed Howard   Bass,Bass Guitar
Jerry Dodgion   Flute,Alto Flute,Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Gigi Gryce   Composer
Herbie Hancock   Composer
Don Sickler   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Jay Brandford   Arranger
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Sergio Mihanovich   Composer
Maureen Sickler   Session Photographer
Peter Lerner   Arranger,Composer
Ryan Cohan   Composer

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