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by Peter Anastos & Iter

Original jazz in a straight-ahead style.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Iternity
6:11 $0.99
2. DeCoy
8:04 $0.99
3. Child's Play
6:07 $0.99
4. Carousel
8:35 $0.99
5. Walkin' To The Norm
6:45 $0.99
6. On The Brink
5:05 $0.99
7. Leebarebop
5:52 $0.99
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Album Notes
Peter Anastos & Iter is a new group from the San Francisco Bay Area that premiered at the Montclair Jazz Festival in Oakland, CA in October, 2005. Since then the band has gone on to record original material composed by Anastos which is showcased in the band’s debut cd Iternity.

The Iter concept, developed by Anastos (it’s not that deep, folks), is a musical journey down the Roman road, or iter (common crossword clue), of jazz. The compositions are eclectic, ranging from the title cut, Iternity, which offers intertwined harmonies by the horns over a revolving foundation played by the rhythm section before bursting into a hard bop, to Carousel which starts as a child’s nightmare on the county fair’s carousel but ends in a smooth, flowing ride. The other selections, such as Leebarebop, which incorporates the influence of Lee Morgan with a funky, hip-hop rhythm and DeCoy, based on McCoy Tyner’s signature 70’s chord structures, illustrate Anastos’ versatile writing style.

The band features Anastos on trumpet, Nelson Braxton on acoustic bass, Andy Dillard on drums, Steve Erquiaga on guitar, Jason Martineau on piano, and Bryan McVicker on tenor and soprano saxes.

"A great program of modern jazz; original ideas with colors of the masters. The arrangements involve the whole band, adding lots of movement and dimension. Peter's strong melodies bear the personal stamp of his ear for
the piquant interval. That sense, and an unflagging band, unify these tracks into an artistic statement. From buoyant to mysterious, classic to challenging, these are the iterations of Peter Anastos"-- Dave Slusser, composer and tenor saxophonist.

As Anastos himself will tell you, “it took almost 25 years to produce this album so don’t expect the next one until about 2031!”



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Bill M.

I like what I hear from Peter...
Iternity: reminds me of the 50’s-60’s West Coast Jazz-LA-with Shelly
Mann. I loved the glissandi? Trumpet solo very warm reminding me of
what Jack Sheldon might have sounded like if he weren’t so fuzzy. I’m
partial to the clear sound and enjoyed it. In this way it is some of
the best playing I’ve ever heard from Peter. Nice to hear a brass
player get better with age. I liked the smooth guitar solo.

Decoy: Read where it was inspired by McCoy Tyner. Peter doing the East
Coast sound. Great rhythm writing and tight ensemble playing. The
keyboard solo stood out

Child’s Play: This is a more complex chart than the first 2, Nice piano
and soprano sax solos. Enjoyed the muted trumpet with the ensemble.
Nice relaxed feel and good balance.

Carousel: I haven’t been following jazz for years but there is a lot
here I’ve never heard before. Very nice rhythm-especially the play back
and forth between 3 &4 meters. The complexity has sucked me in. I’m
definitely going to listen to this again and again and each time will
hear things I missed.

Walkin’ To The Norm:

All right! Funk and stuttering in blues. I am always a sucker for a
blues/soulful tune like this. Johnny Griffin would be proud. Nice

On The Brink:

I like the energy in this chart. Great
guitar licks. Bass drums and piano keeping the tempo steady and
driving. Great bluesy piano solo. If this chart didn’t get back to the
root key who cares it has a nice groove.