Peter Lewy | Some Other Way

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Some Other Way

by Peter Lewy

Cellist Singer/Songwriter Peter Lewy presents a unique record of cello and voice with innovative original songs as well as classics by artists like Jimi Hendrix in addition to brilliant solo cello instrumentals.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Some Other Way
3:34 $0.99
2. What's the Reason
4:25 $0.99
3. Cold Weather
4:19 $0.99
4. I'm Through Shedding Tears Over You
2:30 $0.99
5. Little Wing
3:30 album only
6. G major Caprice
2:38 $0.99
7. No Expectations
4:31 album only
8. Long Black Veil
5:01 album only
9. Simple Twist of Fate
4:54 album only
10. With or Without You
5:47 $0.99
11. Pastel
3:57 $0.99
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Album Notes
Cellist Peter Lewy has worked on stage and in the recording studio with hundreds of recording artists, from folkies like The Roches, Frank Tedesso and David Massengill all the way to rockers like Nada Surf, Neon Leon and Mark Johnson. He has also collaborated extensively with artists like Jazz legends Jaco Pastorius and Bucky Pizzerelli and Indian sarod virtuoso Vasant Rai. He has performed for thousands from the Clearwater festival to such diverse clubs as The Bottom Line, The Blue Note and CBGB's. Peter's music has been heard on radio stations throughout the world. His classical credits include serving as principal cellist and concerto soloist with several NYC metropolitan orchestras in addition to numerous recital and chamber music appearances including at Lincoln Center. In 2006 his highly personal interpretations of the Bach Suites for Unaccompanied Cello were praised by pianist Maurizio Pollini. Now Peter is releasing a record of original songs mixed with unique renditions of songs by artists like Jimi Hendrix, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and other surprises. There are also a couple of instrumentals for cello. Peter's brilliant technique and clear voice make for some truly engaging listening. Check it out!



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Pat Bianculli

"Some Other Way" truly is!
Peter Lewy is known to New Yorkers as one of the city's most elegant street performers. He is also a very accomplished cellist, in demand as freelance soloist and chamber musician. In other words, Peter is one of New York’s hardest working musicians.
What most surprised me about this CD was the breadth of styles and influences that Peter has allowed himself to “muse” with in order to put this collection together. You will hear not only some very excellent cello playing, but also original songs, covers and instrumentals. And Peter can sing! It is a sometimes bluesy, sometimes whispering sound that comes together with the cello perfectly in songs like, “Cold Weather” by Mark Johnson. Word painting abounds as Lewy illustrates the lines:
All through the winter my socks hung on the line
They froze up when the wind blew and when they did, I did too.
The cello plays some tremolo chords that can easily shake those icy socks. You can feel that wind when it “socks me in the jaw”, as cello plays an energetic pizzicato note that slides on the ice with a lovely glissando. It is moments like this that Peter the artist takes center stage and are my favorite moments on the CD.
In his original composition, “I’m Through Shedding Tears Over You”, one hears his cello become a one-person string quartet as he exploits the instrument’s register in a joyous realization of freedom from angst over a failed romance. He even injects a bit of humor into what could have been one of life’s bitter moments:

“I know there’s a drought in Africa
and it’s not that I don’t care
but I’ve looked into it honey
and there’s no practical way to get them (the tears!) there”
For his covers, Lewy has chosen for one, “Little Wing” by Jimi Hendrix. It is an inspired song on everyone’s listening list of the “Best of Jimi Hendrix”. Peter’s version is highly original while retaining Hendrix’ improvisational spirit. “No Expectations” by Mick Jagger becomes a warm country ballad as Lewy fingerpicks a lovely accompaniment and improvises one of the CD’s more beautiful instrumental choruses.
And, in fact, “no expectations” is a good way to listen to this music. Lewy brings together a lifetime of experience and musical accomplishment in this collection. There is something here to satisfy many musical cravings. If you are looking for a rare treat I highly recommend “Some Other Way”