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Artist: Peter Leitch New Life Orchestra, The
Title: New Life
Format: CD
Catalog Number:70067
Barcode:195269037611 itemnumber=1000124881
Price: $25.98  (All prices include domestic shipping.)
Genre: JAZZ
Release Date: 11/20/2020
Availability: In Stock
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(2-CD set) When guitarist Peter Leitch heard the diagnosis of stage 4 lung cancer in 2012, and the grim prognosis of 11 months to live, he made the hard choice of undergoing potentially career-ending treatment rather than succumb to the disease. Eight years later, thanks to his indomitable spirit and a brilliant oncologist, he is still live--unable to play his instrument but still driven to create music. Peter has re-invented himself as a composer, arranger, and director of a 14-piece orchestra. Celebrating this transformation, he has released New Life, the Peter Leitch New Life Orchestra's debut recording, Jazz House 7006/7. "After coming to terms with the loss of the use of my left arm as the result of the chemo and radiation," Peter says, "It occurred to me that I was free from the tyranny of the jazz guitar--of having to practice every day. I realized I could create music that was not limited to four fingers on six strings. I began to write." Over the next two years, Peter composed, arranged, and orchestrated the 17 pieces that comprise this two-CD set. Encouraged by his friends and the success of a series of jazz club performances, the band went into the studio! Listeners will find a distillation of "all the music I've ever heard--from hard bop to rural blues to more modern abstract elements."

Track Listing

Mood for Max (6:25)

Portrait of Sylvia (8:28)

Sorta, Kinda (8:45)

Monk's Circle (2:00)

Round Midnight (8:20) (Thelonious Monk) (Jed Levy)

Penumbra (7:36)

Brilliant Blue, Twilight Blue (7:58) (Rodgers and Hart)

Fulton Street Suite (8:09)

Tutwiler, 2001 (2:15)

The Long Walk Home (11:16)


Exhilaration (7:48)

Elevanses (7:25)

Clifford Jordan (6:03)

Ballad For C.D. (6:18)

The Minister's Son (8:00)

Spring is Here (7:46)

Back Story (8:02)

Performers on this Album
*Chad Coe, acoustic guitar
Duane Eubanks, trumpet
Tim Harrison, flute
Matt Haviland, trombone
*Dennis James, arco bass
Jed Levy, tenor sax, flute, alto flute
Carl Maraghi, baritone sax, bass clarinet
Bill Mobley, trumpet, flugelhorn
*Dave Pietro, alto and soprano saxes
Phil Robson, electric guitar
Max Seigel, bass trombone
Joe Strasser, drums
Yoshi Waki, bass
Steve Wilson, alto and soprano saxes
Peter Zak, piano
Arrangements by Peter Leitch
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Release Format: CD         
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