Quotes: Peter Smith Music


Album: Here it Comes

“Let’s be honest; if you grew up in the 80’s, Molly Ringwald’s name on this recording is probably going to make you want to give it a try.  Give it a try anyway.  Pianist Peter Smith
has put out a cooking hard bop album that
has that classic Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers/ Horace Silver groove to it. 
Songs like “Once Again” and “Webs” have that full bodied front line courtesy of Charles Owens and with a high stepping back beat by Trevor Ware on bass and Clayton Cameron on drums that is simply infectious.  Smith’s piano work is something to check out as well, with his off to the races treatment of “Mean Streets” or his serenading trio work of “I’m in the Mood for Love.”  His duet with Ware on “Blues For LeDonne” is sly and slick.  As for Ringwald, she has actually got a great voice!  She sounds mature, comfortable and assured on “I’ll Take Romance” and “I Just Want to Be With You.”  Smith himself delivers a heartfelt original “My Daughter” that will pull on your heart.  Here It Comes is an incredibly impressive release by Smith who is certainly a talent worth paying plenty of attention to.” 

-George Harris 


Album: Blues At Alvas

It was good to hear that Peter Smith has
a new album “Blues at Alvas”. I’ve been following Peter’s career these past few
years. He’s a fine pianist and singer. He surprised me as I didn’t know he sings.
The arrangements on his new record are original. This new recording is backed
by one of my favorite rhythm sections
in LA, Clayton Cameron and Trevor Ware. Bravo! 

-John Beasley, grammy-nominated Jazz pianist     

Excerpts from a Review:
"Autumn Arpeggios at Jazz at the A Frame"

"Peter's original work of art, "Put My Fears to Rest" was a calming and haunting whisper that spoke volumes in love and union. The resolving of within various moments in the song left you with an almost spiritually calming influence."

"Peter performed a rendition of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart - "I Didn't Know What Time It Was". Mr. Smith was on vocals and Piano on this one and it was paradise personified. A very syncopated and enchanting swing immersed and a few bars into the tune...I didn't know what time, day, or year it was and I didn't care!"

- Kim Vinsonwww.broowaha.com