Be sure and check out the article about Dan Peterson in this month's (May 2006) VINTAGE GUITAR MAGAZINE where Dan shares insight about his background, equipment and approach to music.
REVIEWS OF FORWARD VIEW
One of my favorite jazz guitarists, Dan Peterson from Chicagoland has a new CD that merits a listen by anyone who digs jazz or may be interested in swiping a few very impressive licks. "Forward View" features 19 songs performed in a traditional, yet unpretentious manner. His sound is solid and tone is very clean, a perfect formula for smooth music that will certainly put anyone at ease. I've been listening to "Forward View" for the past week in my office and I've had to repel several attempts by customers and staff to sneak off with this CD. It's no surprise as it's easy to listen to and very relaxing. If I were restricted to the use of just one adjective to describe this CD I would have to rely on the word "taste". He's got a flavor, a style, and a classiness that's going to appeal to a lot of people, not simply guitar players. However, guitar players of any genre will enjoy this CD because it does showcase a very important fact of playing; that being it's not really how fast, or how loud one plays but how much emotion one puts into the song. Dan Peterson's got the mojo for emotive jazz, just listen to cut four, "By Grace of Living Water" and you'll see what I mean. It imparts a floating, drifting comfortable feeling that is simply...peaceful. From Dan's originals to the covers on the CD, jazz aficionados are in for a treat and I'm finding I'm enjoying jazz more and more. Dan's music has another effect on me...it prompts me to play my guitar more and to incorporate "Dan Peterson" style licks into my own guitar music. However I know I'll never catch up. Yeah..this guy is good and so is "Forward View".
Chris Armold, written for GUITAR DIGEST MAGAZINE
CRITIC'S COMMENTS OF EARLIER WORKS BY DAN PETERSON
"Whether he's firing off supple volleys of jazz runs or experimenting with the avant-garde, Peterson will draw you with his impeccable taste and intense feeling. A satisfying album.... Wonderful mood music."
GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE (From Review of CD 'New Life Suite')
"Spacious and ethereal, lush tones and deft multitracking abound...Intriguing. Peterson labels the work 'A Prayer for the unborn.'
GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE (A Prayer For The Innocent)
"A marvelous display of contemporary guitar playing at its most varied and intricately arranged...a guitar Virtuoso."
AUDIO MAGAZINE (Voice Of The Trees)
"Complex, yet the themes are so fluid, melodically tasty, and are played with such skill, flair and spontaneity, they don't sound the least bit difficult or contrived. Peterson's musical personality insures their originality and quality."
OP MAGAZINE (New Life Suite)
"A Joyous spirit pervading throughout...A choice guitar album."
GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE (Voice Of The Trees)
"An exceptional guitarist."
LIVELY TIMES MAGAZINE
"A skilled guitarist who is pleasing to hear."
STEREO REVIEW MAGAZINE
REVIEW OF ILLINOIS JAZZ PROJECT
By VINTAGE GUITAR MAGAZINE May 2003
"To say Dan Peterson is a skilled jazz guitarist would be an understatement. This is a very atmospheric record with Peterson playing all instruments. ....every cut creates a mood."
(He's) a wonderful player. Single line bursts, beautiful chordal work, and octaves out of Wes' book mix work to create musical landscapes. His "Somewhere Near Kansas City(which is the old chestnut "Kansas City" by Lieber-Stoller) is Jazz-Blues Heaven.
"Windy" expands on Wes Montgomery's version of the Association's 60's pop hit and his version of The Classic's IV's "Spooky" is a tour-de- force with some nice soloing.
"You'd be hard pressed to find anyone doing their own album, playing all the instruments and sounding this good. The multi-tracking is smooth and never interferes with the songs. His playing is great throughout and the twenty songs hang together beautifully. It'd be nice to hear other artists do this occasionally and pour their hearts into it as Peterson has."
VINTAGE GUITAR MAGAZINE`
May 2003 Issue
REVIEW OF ILLINOIS JAZZ PROJECT
By GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE OCTOBER 2003
Talented multi-instrumentalist Peterson delivers plenty of smooth, glass-of-Cognac-after-after-a-night-of-clubbing moments on this jazz set, and the hepcats of the playboy glory days will absolutely revel in his melodic forays and tuxedo-sophisticate tone. Another bonus is his reverence for songs and song structures. You can groove to these tracks as background ambience or as a critical listener and never feel as if you're being pulled too far out of your comfort zone. In other words, Illinois Jazz Project is definitely produced to caress and please, rather than challenge your sensibilities of melody, harmony and tone. There's nothing wrong with that, of course, but Peterson also manages to add just enough funk (guitar harmonies, interesting melodic shifts, some "blue" bends, etc.) to lift the album out of the realm of invisible cocktail bar music. The only thing that threatens the mellow vibe-out are his percussion parts-which tend to sound stiff and overly bright (on the cymbal work) and are mixed way to far up front to enhance the moods of the gentler tracks-and an occasional sharp bite and ever so slight stumble in his picking. You get the feeling that Peterson would absolutely cook in the right band but , until that happens, Illinois Jazz Project is a real find for jazz lovers jonesing for a more traditional fix.
GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE OCTOBER 2003
"A Vibrant, Experienced guitarist whose sound evidences the influence of Wes Montgomery and George Benson"-JAZZ IMPROV MAGAZINE 2003
"Despite great reviews that praised his style, dexterity and compositions, Dan Peterson actually walked away from music for almost a decade due to frustration with the direction commercial music had taken. Now he's back with a new energy and a new CD filled with red hot swing blues, jazz, and rock tunes. Anyone who loves good music and appreciates talented musicians should be grateful for his return. Peterson's new release features the same outstanding skill and taste that brought him critical acclaim for his earlier work....A promising and uncompromising artist whose music is filled with jazz and blues roots but is unquestionably original."
"His music demonstrates the artistry and tradition of a man who knows his instrument, but still maintains a fresh, youthful exuberance. It's clear that artistic pride and integrity are important to this jazz man. His determination and eagerness to explore are reflected in each record that Peterson produces.
ROLAND US MAGAZINE
REVIEW OF ILLINOIS JAZZ PROJECT
By CHRIS ARMOLD
When Daniel Peterson's CD "Illinois Jazz Project" arrived at my office I was eager to pop it into my CD player and have a listen. I had heard a few cuts from the CD via the web and genuinely enjoyed what I heard. Now...let me clarify that I'm not a jazz cat in any way shape or form. As much as I've tried to become cognizant of jazz I simply have been unable to appreciate much of the wandering, meandering notes of say a pure jazz combo. To my unsophisticated ear it often sounds like three guys playing three unrelated songs. However with that being said, being a guitar player I have great respect and admiration for those players who have the musical savvy to integrate various types and styles into their music. I personally steal snippets of basic jazz licks and chord voicings and use them in my own original compositions with regularity. Those jazzy touches of class not only make my songs sound better but they make me feel like a better player than I probably am.
Daniel Peterson doesn't have any problem convincing his listener that he's got the chops to jazz it up with the best of them. His playing has that savvy and sophistication that's easy to appreciate. It also doesn't hurt that the guy is genuinely musical. To even the uninitiated it's clear he's got a mastery of his instrument and his style of jazz is moving, classy, and in my opinion far removed from that pretentious style that I fail to comprehend. I understand Dan's music; I like how it makes me feel. He's an honest player who let's the notes flow from his fingertips. He knows how to milk a chord for all it's worth and while many a guitarist strives for machinegun-type speed in runs and scales, Dan let's his tone and emotion fill his notes and phrasing. Dan let's his electric guitar drip with sound and you can tell he's trying to squeeze every drop of resonance with each pluck, strum, pick or tap of the strings. For someone who want's to get a quality taste of jazz but doesn't want to have to contend with the confusing depths often associated with the genre, "Illinois Jazz Project" is a perfect choice. The tracks are mostly soothing tunes and they demonstrate the cool sophistication that jazz licks and chords add to a melody. Classic cover tunes such as "Spooky" and "Windy" don't escape Dan's creative and cool spin. To his credit he retains the original feel of both of these tune yet has found a subtle method to make them his own through his tasteful playing. Overall I dig this CD, "Illinois Jazz Project" is a relaxing, wondeful CD to listen to. I did feel that some of the digital percussion sounded a bit stiff and I also was of the opinion that some of the tunes ended abruptly... but that might just be a jazz thing!! Small criticisms indeed for a CD featuring 20 tracks and all the instrumentation is played by one guy. In addition it's all instrumental so no annoying vocals to interfere with the guitar. Yeah.....I enjoyed this CD and Dan Peterson should be grinning on the cover because fresh sounding quality music like his isn't that easy to find."
Guitar Digest Magazine
GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE-March 2005 Issue
"What's In the Editor's CD Player" Column
Art Thompson, Senior Editor, Guitar Player
"Forward View-Dan Peterson"
"Even if you don't consider yourself a jazz fan, Daniel Peterson's Illinois Jazz Project has something for anyone who appreciates good musicianship. Peterson plays all the instruments on the record, impressive enough once you hear the layers of tracks piled on each song, but it's the guitar playing that really sets him apart. Make sure you check out "Go (Go Irish)," where Peterson ditches the jazz and lets it rip with some hard rock licks." (Contact: www.cdbaby.com/cd/dpeterson.)
-- Trevor Fisher
ILLINOIS ENTERTAINER MAGAZINE
"It would be rather sly if there were actually two Dan Petersons playing on Forward View, the axe-grinding is that sick. With a mish-mash of standards ("My Favorite Things") and Xmas songs (""Drummer Boy") fashioned for bop guitar, it would appear that Peterson's fingers know no fear. Personal taste will dictate whether you need 75 minutes of his fluid strokes -- motion sickness begins establishing itself -- but the guitarist is otherwise restrained in providing such a wonderful view." (Contact: www.cdbaby.com/cd/dpeterson.)
-- Steve Forstneger
ILLINOIS ENTERTAINER MAGAZINE
"Dan Peterson focuses on recording wonderful jazz guitar that covers a lot of ground."
VINTAGE GUITAR MAGAZINE May 2006 First Fret Article
Be sure and also check out Digitech Artist News which details Dan Peterson's use of the new Jimi Hendrix and Bad Monkey pedals on his soon to be released new CD.
A NOTE FROM THE ARTIST
I want to thank the great musicians who helped me on several cuts on this project. Scott Mertens is a brilliant
jazz pianist and composer who is building a solid reputation in the jazz world. It was a thrill to work with him. He walked in, laid down his parts in one take and amazed everyone in the room. Scott's excellent composition, Blue Monday provides a forum for solos by both of us and showcases his keyboard virtuosity. A humble, nice guy also!
Good friend and accomplished jazz bassist, Christ Andronis is another great player who contributed a wonderful tune
to this CD. His composition, Boats is a beautiful, poignant song and his soulful playing is great on this tune. He also provides some great acoustic bass playing on the tune, Things Ain't What They Used to Be" (written by Mercer Ellington/Ted Persons)
Another good friend is ace drummer Tom Vandaele, who provides tight grooves and a solid feel to these somewhat
rare ensemble appearances by myself since I usually overdub all the instruments on my recordings. Music educator, and talented jazz pianist Jim Blucker also provided a great arrangement and tasty piano playing on one tune to round out the album.
Although I still overdubbed many of the tunes on this CD myself, it was very satisfying to stretch
out with the support of these excellent musicians on several songs in Forward View. I loved playing with this group
and hope to work extensively with this band on future projects. Hope you enjoy the CD.
Thanks for your support. Dan
NOTE:CORRECTION: Due to an editing assembly error, track # 14 is listed as " It Could Be Worse"-by Peterson/Andronis. Track # 14 is actually the swing tune, "Things Ain't What They Used To Be" written by Mercer Ellington and Ted Persons. The wrong tune was mistakenly inserted and therefore mislabeled. We will include the tune "It Could Be Worse" on our next CD. Our sincere apologies for this mistake. Future copies of this CD will be correctly labeled.