Columbia Records released the ninth solo album from guitarist Peter White today as the first single from Confidential is #4 on the national radio charts and rising. “Talkin’ Bout Love” has swiftly saturated the playlists of smooth jazz radio stations. The Paul Brown produced single is a sweet mid-tempo groove warmed by a rich Jerry Hey horn arrangement that fills up the tracks and provides a beautiful counterpoint to White’s emotive guitar melody. For over a decade, White’s distinctive R&B, jazz and pop instrumental albums have consistently topped the charts and his eleven #1 singles have helped define a radio format.
Confidential captures an artist in peak stride as the guitarist raises the bar on himself each time out. White’s guitar is the focal point that ties together the collaborative effort of a variety of musicians, producers and writers. White wrote or co-wrote ten new songs for the album, which boasts contributions from soloists Brown, Chris Botti, Mindi Abair, Brian Culbertson, Michael Paulo and vocalists Christopher Cross and David Sparkman. According to White, every album is personal and every note on the album has his personality. He finds it hard to listen to the songs he writes alone as they are so personal that “it’s like staring at yourself in the mirror.” The music emanates from his heart and always seems to find its way into the hearts of listeners.
Just barely out of his teens, White went to the top of the pop charts in the 1970’s in association with multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter Al Stewart. Years later, his solo music helped smooth jazz flourish and his guitarwork has graced recordings by such luminaries as Abair, Dave Koz, Boney James, Richard Elliot, Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum, Basia, Gato Barbieri and Philip Bailey.
“People ask me all the time about smooth jazz, but the reality is that the format formed out of the music we were playing in the early 1990s,” White explained. “Although I hate being categorized, we were not drawn to this format; we helped to create it. The smooth jazz audience is the most diverse audience out there. I look at it as a great leveler, a musical mixing pot without borders or boundaries. It’s all about the songs. In the end, you’ll be remembered for your songs.”
White, a consecutive four-time winner of the “Guitarist of the Year” award at the National Smooth Jazz Awards, thrives on the concert stage, loving “the opportunity to interact with fans and the immediate feedback you can only get in a live setting.” A full concert tour will be mounted to support Confidential. The complete itinerary will be announced soon, but below are some initial dates to see Peter perform with his band:
May 7 Washington, DC Ronald Reagan International Trade Center
May 15 Sacramento, CA Radisson Hotel
May 16 Newport Beach, CA Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Jazz Festival
May 29 San Diego, CA KIFM-FM Anniversary Smooth Jazz Festival (4th & Island)
June 23-28 Hawaii Dolphin Days
July 16 Carlsbad, CA Four Seasons Resort
October 1 Newport Beach, CA Hyatt Newporter
October 2 Temecula, CA Thornton WineryPosted by Peter Böhi at March 24, 2004 5:36 AM