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Daniel Peterson Illinois Jazz Project  Talented multi-instrumentalist Peterson delivers plenty of smooth, glass-of-Cognac-after-a-night-of-clubbing moments on this jazz set, and 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 (harmonies, interesting melodic shifts, some “blue” bends, etc.) to lift the album out of the realm of invisible cocktail-bar music. The only things that truly threaten the mellow vibe-out are his percussion parts— which tend to sound stiff and overly bright (on the cymbal work), and are mixed way too 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 would absolutely cook in the right band, but, until that happens, Illinois Jazz Project is a real find for jazz guitar lovers jonesing for a more traditional fix. Blue Water Records Michael Molenda   Guitar Player Magazine     ” - ILLINOIS JAZZ PROJECT DAN PETERSON

— GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE

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."  Jas Obrecht    Guitar Player Magazine ” - NEW LIFE SUITE DAN PETERSON

— GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE

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."  John Heidt    Vintage Guitar Magazine   ” - ILLINOIS JAZZ PROJECT DAN PETERSON

— VINTAGE GUITAR 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"  ” - FORWARD VIEW DAN PETERSON

— GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE

A Joyous spirit pervading throughout...A choice guitar album. Jas Obrecht   Guitar Player Magazine” - VOICE OF THE TREES DAN PETERSON

— GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE

Dan Peterson focuses on recording wonderful jazz guitar that covers a lot of ground."  --John Heidt  VINTAGE GUITAR MAGAZINE May 2006 First Fret Article ” - FORWARD VIEW DAN PETERSON

— VINTAGE GUITAR MAGAZINE

A marvelous display of contemporary guitar playing at its most varied and intricately arranged...a guitar Virtuoso."  Tom Bingham   Audio Magazine   ” - VOICE OF THE TREES DAN PETERSON

— Audio Magazine

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. Tom Bingham OP Magazine   ” - NEW LIFE SUITE DAN PETERSON

— OP MAGAZINE

A Vibrant, Experienced guitarist whose sound evidences the influence of Wes Montgomery and George Benson Jazz Improv Magazine  ” - ILLINOIS JAZZ PROJECT DAN PETERSON

— JAZZ IMPROV MAGAZINE