For well over a decade, guitarist Peter White has consistently released chart-topping albums and radio singles that have helped define smooth jazz. Without pomp and circumstance, White’s distinctive acoustic guitar sound has romanced, danced and entranced listeners with beautiful melodies, lilting rhythms, and spry instrumentation. The British musician evocatively creates aural poetry, eloquently using pop, jazz, Latin, and R&B dialects. White’s ninth solo album, Confidential, will be released March 23rd on Columbia Records. To start the New Year, radio programmers were serviced the collection’s first single, “Talkin’ Bout Love,” a soulful mid-tempo groove that’s warmed by a Jerry Hey horn arrangement.
Confidential promises to continue the storied affair between White and his fans. It’s his most intimate disc to date and he wrote or co-wrote ten new compositions. He also recorded a gorgeous Brenda Russell tune, “She’s In Love,” featuring the positively heavenly vocals of Christopher Cross and a sexy Latin setting courtesy of producer Paul Brown. Also collaborating with White on the album were Chris Botti, Brian Culbertson, Mindi Abair, Steve Ferrone, Lenny Castro, Paulinho DaCosta, Michael Paulo, Rex Rideout, Mathew Hager, and Steve Dubin. The album took over a year to record as White struggled to delve deep within.
“By ‘confidential’ I mean personal and revealing; that’s exactly what this record is to me,” White explained. “I play from the heart, which is where music ultimately comes from. It’s about tapping into the soul and allowing the emotions within to pour forth. The battle is to trust your instincts without trying to be too clever, which only ends up corrupting the process and seldom works anyway.”
Immediately after finishing Confidential, White launched his first headlining Christmas concert tour, which started the day after Thanksgiving and finished December 20th. Saxophonist Mindi Abair joined White on the national trek that featured holiday music as well as hits by both artists. Spring and summer concert dates to support the Confidential album release will be announced.
White’s Confidential album contains the following songs:
“Coast Road Drive”
“Talkin’ Bout Love”
“How Does It Feel”
“She’s In Love”
“Are You Mine”
“Lost Without Your Love”
“Jump On It”