guitarist and composer Pete Gitlin already played in his teens and
twenties in rock, fusion, and funk bands. Wisely he decided to
earn his money in the big business. But he has never forgotten his
real love and in 2007 he returned to the music. Together with drummer
and producer John Herrera from the legendary Phoenix band Turning
Point he created his first album Full Circle and the Great
Temptation in 2008.
A few years later he released his sophomore album Amplify.
Featured musicians on this album are Cindy Bradley (flugelhorn and
trumpet), Jeff Kashiwa (sax, flutes and EWI), Dominic Amato (sax,
vocoder, EWI), Ted Belledin (sax), Michael Broening (keyboards), Mel
Brown (bass), John Herrera (drums, percussion, programming) and some
more. You can listen to his music every Thursday night at SE Corner of
Dobson and Ray, Chandler, Arizona 85224.
The album starts with Lucky In Love, a nicely composed smooth
jazz tune with a fine horn arrangement by Ted Belledin. Pete's warm
guitar sound perfectly interprets the jazz theme. Friends of R&B will
enjoy Soul Connection featuring singer Dony Adair and Dominic
Amato, who steals the show on the Vocoder.
Amplify is dedicated to guitar and horn, tinged by Latin Jazz
and blessed by vocalist Jodi Light. A little bit of Matt Bianco and a
little bit of Manhattan Transfer. If You Say So is a little
caused by Cindy Bradley's muted flugelhorn sound. Horn and guitar
provide a subtle mood.
Gitlin calls to his influences Pat Metheny and Miles Davis, Lee
Ritenour and Larry Carlton. Straight Down The Fairway is
certainly a summery of these idols. There is also a smell of
Birdland in the air. Reggaetown stays on the borderline of
Eric Clapton and Bob Marley. The smooth flowing song Across The
Endless Ocean reflects the widths of the ocean.
With Cowboys And Indians
Gitlin takes a trip to the region of Western. Stan Sorenson underlines
the melody with his electric sitar. On Another Day In Paradise
Gitlin reveals his heritage with his rockish style. Until The
Morning Comes presents jazz vocalist Dennis Rowland.
He was the voice of Count Basie and his orchestra. With his charming
silky-smooth vocals he perfectly fits to Gitlin's guitar delivering a
translucent jazzy end of the album.
Pete Gitlin's Amplify is certainly not a typical smooth jazz
album. Given by Gitlin is certainly unconventional seeking his
location outside of particular musical styles. That makes the
idiosyncratic charm of his album.