Peter Hand Signed to Savant Records for Big Band Album with Houston Person (New York, NY, March 2009) by Richard Cohn
Composer, arranger and guitarist Peter Hand has been signed to Savant (HighNote) Records. A live concert recording entitled The Wizard of Jazz-A Tribute to Harold Arlen featuring tenor saxophone giant Houston Person will be released on June 16. Peter Hand has been a prolific and active presence on the New York Jazz scene for many years and has worked with and/or written music for Carmen Lundy, the George Coleman Octet and the Lee Konitz Nonet. On his debut release for Savant Records, The Peter Hand Big Band with Houston Person pays tribute to the music of Harold Arlen and features a line-up of stellar musicians including Don Braden, Ralph Lalama, Cecil Bridgewater, Valery Ponomarev, Jim Rotondi, Richard Wyands and Harvie S, putting a fresh and swinging spin on some of the most memorable songs in the Great American Songbook. Album includes Arlen classics "Come Rain or Come Shine", "The Man That Got Away", "Let's Fall in Love", "Stormy Weather" and more.
The Peter Hand Big Band with Houston Person- The Wizard of Jazz-A Tribute to Harold Arlen will be released June 16, 2009 on Savant Records.