PETER HAND/QUOTES

“His music is beautiful" - JON LUCIEN

“I’ve found my Gil Evans" - HOUSTON PERSON

“Hand is a wonderful guitarist in the vein of a Montgomery, Kenny 
Burrell, Grant Green and the like with a definite blues sensibility" - JAZZ & BLUES REPORT

“Peter Hand’s latest album is cause for celebration for fans of traditional big bands... When Hand arranges outside material for the band, he masterfully adds a new dimension to it... Hand’s guitar solos are tasteful and restrained throughout, showcasing his fluid style with vibrant runs and compelling conversations with his bandmates." DOWNBEAT - (Editorsʼ 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)

“Guitarist Hand delivers a powerful Blues statement" - CADENCE MAGAZINE

“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

“Peter Hand’s writing draws on the creative tradition of fine big bands. Listen to his bossa nova arrangement of ‘Let’s Fall In Love’ for a good example of his fresh approach to familiar songs (and originals). His soulful guitar solo on ‘Stormy Weather’ is a plus - another facet of his art." DR. LEWIS PORTER – jazz pianist, educator and author ("John Coltrane-His Life and Music")

(****) “..a dream big band...upper echelon artists playing great arrangements.." Jeff Krow – AUDIOPHILE AUDITION

“..this is an all-star band, and there are admirable statements along the way by guitarist Hand.." Jack Bowers – ALL ABOUT JAZZ

"..inspired voicings for the brass and reeds...potent writing for the horns.." Ken Dryden – BILLBOARD/ALL MUSIC GUIDE

“Highly Recommended CDs of 2009"
Ed Love – Host of "Destination Jazz", WDET-FM, Detroit, MI

“One of our top 2009 Traditional Jazz Golden Selections" (Rated “5 Stars" for performance–highest rating) – O’S PLACE JAZZ MAGAZINE

“The Peter Hand Big Band has my vote for the 2009 Grammy Awards best big band recording." Frank-John Hadley – DOWNBEAT (For "The Wizard Of Jazz-A Tribute To Harold Arlen", Savant Records)

“One of my personal best jazz CDs of 2009." DAN MORGENSTERN – Jazz Historian, Author

“..Talented guitarist and arranger Peter Hand and wonderful band members Don Braden, Ralph Lalama, Richard Wyands and Harvie S come together...The arrangements are very modern, thoroughly enjoyable" CATFISH RECORDS (Japan)

"..compelling writing and execution for a large orchestra. A highly recommended recording." CUADERNOS DE JAZZ (Jazz Journal, Spain)

“Special kudos here for the marvelous arrangement ("The Man That Got Away")...a thoroughly captivating recording." Ron Weinstock – JAZZ & BLUES REPORT

Album reviews for "How Little We Know", Saxophonist Jeff Hackworth, Big Bridge Music:

“Guitarist Peter Hand joins the core group...also shines here in support; I am especially enamored of the tunes the guitarist appears on."
Brad Walseth – JAZZCHICAGO.NET

“..highlights belong to the accompanying musicians: guitarist Hand’s solo on 'This Is Always'" JAZZTIMES

“Hand’s guitar is full and rounded, comfortable in the groove of the melody" Jerry D’Souza - ALL ABOUT JAZZ