"Call guitarist Peter Lerner a musical chameleon, because the range of jazz styles he embraces on his solo debut is mighty expansive... Peter Lerner is one of Chicago's finest guitarists, a player with great technique and equal amounts of soul and versatility. And as the writer of seven of the album's nine tunes, he's no slouch as a songwriter, either." -- by Dan Kening, "Metromix," -Chicago Tribune's entertainment guide, www.metromix.com, Oct 7, 1999 CD "South Side" review
"Peter Lerner, a fusion-jazz guitarist, who boasts composition and band-leading skills as sensitive and formidable as his chops." Illinois Entertainer, May, 2000
"Peter has a real presence on the guitar. My brother George has it and so does Peter. I hear lots of guitar players come through and most sound the same. Peter has his own sound. He gets better every time I hear him." - Von Freeman
"Peter is a fresh voice on the scene. He's very talented and a fine musician." - Ramsey Lewis
"Peter plays his ass off!" - Larry Coryell
"Lerner delivers great melodic lines, demonstrates superb technique, restraint at the appropriate moments, impeccable time, and simply put, he floats with ease as he creates... He's a fabulous player." - Clive Griffin. Jazz Improv Magazine
“Chicago based guitarist Peter Lerner has come forth with another tasteful CD showing his class and style with a versatile lineup of colorful tunes and an ensemble to match. Cry For Peace demonstrates Lerner’s skills as a flawless guitarist and composer.” – Jim Shulstad, 2008, Jazzreview.com
“A real winner.” – Bruce Tater, KETR, Dallas, Texas
"Eloquent & meticulously articulated phrasing...makes every note count... It's a beautifully choreographed jazz outing...easily one of the top picks of the year." - Glen Astarita. www.allaboutjazz.com CD "Cry For Peace" review
“Far from a mere blowing session…the powerhouse ensemble breathes life into Lerner’s inspired compositions…a highly communicative soloist who applies his ample guitar chops with diligence. From beginning to end, Cry For Peace is an enjoyable, well programmed listen.” – John Barron. www.allaboutjazz.com
Reviews on CD "Continuation"
Outstanding release by guitarist Lerner, who leads a strong octet with names like pianist Willie Pickens, bassist Marlene Rosenberg, saxophonist Geof Bradfield, and trombonist Andy Baker (among others). Solid group interplay lays the groundwork for some great solos. Lerner hits upon many of the usual motifs… there’s some tunes that swing, others heavy with the blues, a Latin tune, a hard bop funk tune, a ballad, a modern post-bop… and there isn’t a one this octet doesn’t shine on through. Opening track “Willie n Me” is exactly the kind of fiery tune you want to introduce an album with. Recommended.
- Dave Sumner @BirdIsTheWorm
Amazon.com Customer Reviews for
“Continuation – featuring Willie Pickens”
Excellent group dynamics
Peter Lerner and Willie Pickens play together as if born to it. The first cut brought back to mind the way jazz used to be performed.
The third cut Southside Struts, reaches back to Peter's roots and his first album. Its rhythms make you hear not only Peter, but Willie strutting down the keys in stride. I was surprised at Fundat I expected it to be funkier but I like its jazzy beat. All the musicians are at the top of their game and I know I will listen to this album as a favorite. - C. Lattimer
Good (Great) from the first note - Buy this CD
Opening with a super jazzy drum shiver, this album put me squarely in a small, intimate, dimly-lit, New York basement jazz club, bowtie loose, collar on my tux open, cocktail in hand, listening with a hushed crowd to music creating an unforgettable evening.
Or perhaps you'll end up in the sunlit Casino de Montreux, Looking out over the bathing beauties lounging by the pool with a view of the majestic Alps thrusting out from Lac LeMan towards the blue sky. The sound flows over you like warm water, swelling your heart with joy.
This is beautiful, masterfully performed straight Jazz that will transport you to the wonderful place of your choosing. Enjoy the journey. Maybe I'll see you there. - Tracy J. Flemings
by Chris Spector, Midwest Record
How about some real Chicago jazz? Ace guitar man Lerner spent two years whipping this crew into shape so her could craft a band date tipping the cap to his mentor, piano man Willie Pickens, who is part of the band. It's fully Chicago jazz with a modern edge played by a crew that's really on board….
By Jack Bowers, www.allaboutjazz.com
Nothing unflattering can be said about Chicago-born and -based guitarist Peter Lerner's latest album, Continuation. The energy level is high, the charts admirable, the supporting cast exemplary…
Lerner and his colleagues are seasoned pros who leave nothing to chance. Continuation is well-planned, well-recorded, well-played and well worth seeking out.
By Neil Tesser, www.chicagomusic.com
Technically adept and stylistically rangy, Lerner pulls a round but tough sound from his instrument, and he favors a pronounced attack even on ballads, which gives his lines a prickpoint clarity. The combination of these qualities produces an undeniable swagger…