PETER HAND BIG BAND - HAND PAINTED DREAM
“A truly exhilarating listening experience. This is far from a standard big band release." Maureen Malloy, Jazz Director, WRTI-FM, Philadelphia
"The album is the culmination of his work with some of the best musicians anywhere." Joe Dimino, Neon Jazz, Kansas City, MO
“HAND PAINTED DREAM" on SAVANT RECORDS- The new recording by the Peter Hand Big Band features the outstanding musicians on Savant’s previous Peter Hand Big Band album, “OUT OF HAND". It includes new arrangements of jazz classics by Randy Weston, Tadd Dameron, Charlie Parker and John Coltrane, as well as original compositions.
Two special highlights are the guest appearance of Downbeat “Rising Star" vocalist and saxophonist Camille Thurman, and the Secret String Quartet joins the band for the title track.
(HAND PAINTED DREAM- Musicians):
PETER HAND- Guitar, Composer, All Arrangements
JAY BRANDFORD- Alto Saxophone, Soprano, Flute;
BRUCE WILLIAMS- Alto; DON BRADEN- Tenor, Flute;
RALPH LALAMA- Tenor, Clarinet;
KENNY BERGER- Baritone, Bass Clarinet;
KEVIN BRYAN, EDDIE ALLEN, VALERY PONOMAREV, JOHN BAILEY; Trombones: JOHN MOSCA, SAM BURTIS, JAMES BURTON III;
JAMES WEIDMAN- Piano, HARVIE S- Bass, STEVE JOHNS- Drums;
CAMILLE THURMAN- Guest Vocal, Tenor Saxophone;
THE SECRET STRING QUARTET- Guest String Quartet, JENNIFER CHOI- Leader, 1st Violin
The previous release, “THE PETER HAND BIG BAND - OUT OF HAND", received widespread critical acclaim and extensive radio airplay, reaching No. 4 on the JazzWeek Radio Chart of top 50 CDs nationwide, staying in the Top 10 for eight weeks.
(Here's what the critics said about "Out Of Hand"):
“Peter Hand’s latest album is cause for celebration... When Hand arranges outside material for the band, he masterfully adds a new dimension to it." DOWNBEAT (Editors' Picks)
“Peter Hand, a most able guitarist, has put together a splendid 16-piece unit which upholds the spirit and and history of the genre. ‘Out Of Hand’ fully merits a five-star rating and will be a strong contender for record of the year honours." JAZZ JOURNAL (UK)
"In a combination of standards and originals, with some tight arrangements by the leader, the result is an imaginative showcase of big band music. A terrific follow up to the band’s critically acclaimed first recording – "The Wizard of Jazz: A Tribute To Harold Arlen." AUDIOPHILE AUDITION
"‘Out Of Hand’ features a bevy of adept musicians, including saxophonist Don Braden, trumpeter Valery Ponomarev, and others, tackling a bluesy, urbane mix of standards and originals. This is swinging, straight-ahead acoustic big-band jazz at its finest." ALLMUSIC
"Guitarist Peter Hand puts together a swinging and tasty big band that hits it right on all strides through a collection of originals and standards. A feast for mainstream big band fans, and guitar freaks will run fast to it as well." JAZZ WEEKLY
"The Peter Hand Big Band is an heir to the rich tradition of the great American ensembles. This CD has something for every lover of jazz music and for a wider public seeking the jazz sound of classic big band." INFO-CULTURE.BIZ Montreal, Canada
"With the hallmarks of an after hours set ringing loudly throughout, this is contemporary big band that's played for love."