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Peter White – Groovin’

Oct. 19, 2016

The iconpeter-white-groovin-cdic acoustic jazz guitar magic man, Peter White, is back on the scene, this time offering a set of covers entitled Groovin’. Since we haven’t heard him performing an album of covers for a while now, I think this batch of gems will be welcomed with open arms – as are all of White’s projects, for that matter.

Joined here by such prominent names as trumpeter Rick Braun (a sidekick of White’s for many years now), saxmen Euge Groove and young Vincent Ingala, and the late drummer Ricky Lawson – along with other notables such as David Dyson (bass), Selina Albright (vocals), the popular Ramon Yslas (percussion), and a host of others, White dazzles and dances through this album, bringing your heart, soul, and memories along with him onto that dance floor.

Even performing covers, White always has that unmistakable signature exuberance, touch, and flair; thereby making each tune his own.
Tracks that will surely delight are his versions of The Rascals’ “Groovin’,” Stevie Wonder’s “Do I Do”, the late great “Big O” Otis Redding’s “Sittin’ On The Dock of the Bay,” Gladys Knight & The Pips’ “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” British rock band Ace’s “How Long,” Johnny Nash’s “I Can See Clearly Now,” Santo & Johnny Farina’s classic “Sleepwalk,” and many other memory-joggers.

This is an album of reminiscing, bathing in yesterday’s glow, when music was not only captivating but assertive in its attempt to identity with you and your life experiences, to become one with you. White brings that home to you in a big way here. Of the album’s focus on the ‘50s - ‘80s period, he says, “I always gravitate toward this era. At that time, the music meant more to me than at any other time in my life.”
Settle back with this one, and let your thoughts travel back and walk with you down that forever unforgettable path. – Ronald Jackson