During the 1980's I watched Peter play on occasion at my regular jazz club in Birmingham, he was good then, damm good!.
This CD then, and the fact of his expanded repertoire within it,since those early years, comes as no surprise or shock to me, those early recollections of his club playing echoed and remembered firstly in 'Lush Life', a sax solo portraying his talent and immense breadth and ability for improvisation....
New to me are the beautiful, haunting,and moody 'semi-classical' overtones of both Tristan's and the Prisoners songs, which while appearing 'sorrowful', express a beauty and deep warmth of emotion of their own; listen carefully to find your own!(emotions)
'Brazilian Thoroughfare', heralds a further change to Peter's repertoire, a flowing, swaying, smooth latin groove as he 'breezes' in and out, going with the flow.
Followed by a veritable feast of 'Scrambled Eggs',though nothing scrambled about the music in this mellow, jazz number, in which, seemingly, a forever modest Peter King, allows for the generous participation of his co-musicians.
Lastly, and not forgetting his deeply 'emotional' soprano treatment of 'Ronnie's Sorrow', there's feeling in this, a personal reminiscence perhaps?, of course, for an absent friend, need we say more!
Finally, although not exhaustive of the artist or this album by any means, hope the above thoughts go toward truly relecting the esteem in which I hold this superb Altoist.
To see or hear Peter play, is an experience not to be missed, indeed an opportunity to sample,indulge and immerse yourself into the 'lush life' of his unique and versatile playing style.