Albums

STRANGE BIRD

Pete Canter’s Sky Ensemble “Strange Bird” was released in February 2017. Described by listeners as “dreamy and joyful” the album features Pete’s highly original, folk-inflected contemporary jazz for cello and jazz quartet. Melodic, lyrical and essentially groovy with open modal harmonies, strong rhythms and great tunes.

Pete Canter – soprano saxophone & compositions, Lucy Welsman – cello, Matt Johns – piano, Jim Rintoul – double bass, Gary Evans – drums.

Recorded at the Sound Gallery Studio, Exeter by Engineer Duncan Chave.

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Tracks:

Strange Bird (8.44), Air (10.12), Sky (8.10), Circle (8.17), Folk in Five (8.02)

Reviews:

Ian Mann the Jazzmann 4-star review

“Strange Bird” expands upon the promise of “Lightflight” by creating a more distinctive group identity and putting the focus firmly on melody. Canter has written a series of memorable melodic themes but the playing of this excellent quintet ensures that the music goes beyond mere prettiness. There’s plenty going on within Canter’s compositions and both the ensemble playing and the soloing are bright and imaginative throughout…… I found myself enjoying this album more and more the longer I listened to it, which is always the best way.

Full review at www.thejazzmann.com or here

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LIGHTFLIGHT, the welLightflight coverl received quartet album from Pete Canter recorded in 2013. Original compositions by Pete Canter recorded in a top quality studio with a superb rhythm session.

 

 

 

Pete Canter – tenor & soprano saxophones & compositions, Jim Blomfield – grand piano, Sol Ahmed – double bass, Mark Whitlam – drums

Recorded at Fieldgate Studio, Penarth by Andrew Lawson

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Individual track downloads available at www.musicglue.com/pete-canter

Tracks:

Tynes (7.39), Conversation (5.35), Lightflight (5.57)’ One for Eddie (8.52), Lurch (5.04), Bicycle (5.02), Chimes (5.40), Pairs (5.00), Pendulum (5.21), Conversation (Reprise) (4.52)

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Reviews of Lightflight:

“……….smoky, slightly mournful, vocalised tenor sound …..Canter comes across well as a low-key yet expressive soloist, Bobby Wellins-ish at times…….the band’s warm lyrical sound has an edge to it.” Selwyn Harris, 3* Good, Jazzwise Magazine Aug 2013

“I was impressed with “Lightflight”. The album reveals Canter to be a skilled composer across a range of jazz styles and an inventive soloist with a distinctive sound……” 3.5 star review by Ian Mann, The Jazzmann. Full review here or at www.thejazzmann.com

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UNUNBIUM: Exciting album of Pete Canter’s original compositions.

 

 

 

Pete Canter – tenor saxophone & compositions, Jim Blomfield – grand piano, Wayne Elliot – double bass, Gary Evans – drums

Recorded at Minstrel Music Centre by Mark Ellis of Propogation House Recording Studio

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Tracks:

Tinker Taylor (5.36), Free Thinking (6.41), Spirea (4.34), The Ride (4.03), Blues for Bill (6.53), Sinuous (5.13), Song Number Forty-Two (4.27), Mongoose (5.52), Mambo Out (5.09), Down from the Trees (5.37), Ununbium (6.11)

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Reviews of Ununbium:

“having been in contact with Pete over the year he was developing and writing this material, this CD comes as a refreshing and welcome arrival. Featuring the excellent pianist Jim Blomfield, the music shows spirit and vitality with a good energy all round!” Iain Ballamy

“Illustrious tenor saxophonist Pete offers another example of definitive small band improv. His South-West England-based outfit features Jim Blomfield (piano), Wayne Elliot (bass) and Gary Evans (drums). Varied, exciting, exceptional.” Keith Ames in The Musician

“Now Exeter-based, this tenor saxophonist has a lugubrious yet entirely listenable sound and swing-to-bop approach. Here he leads a quartet including Bristolian pianist Jim Blomfield through an honest set of originals” 3* Good, Jazzwise Magazine April 2009


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SO FAR A 14-track compilation CD drawing together tracks from recordings made with different bands over a number of years.

It includes tracks from Pete’s 2003 & 2005 quartet recordings, a track from Standard Fifteen, his duo album with guitarist James Shipway, plus more recent live recordings of Pete in duo with pianist Ian Wright, in trio with Jim Blomfield & Wayne Elliot and of Pete’s Exeter based quartet.

 

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Tracks:

Son of Red Blues (Taylor), Dreamer (Jobim),Invitation (Kaper), A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie/Parker), Slick (Canter), Black Nile (Shorter), Laura (Mercer), Down From the Trees (Canter), Autumn Leaves (Kosma/Prevert), Eternal Triangle (Stitt), In a Sentimental Mood (Ellington), Why Not (Canter), Loudzee (Bergonzi)

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Pete Canter Quartet 2005 was a demo CD to showcase Pete’s original compositions.

Pete Canter – tenor saxophone, Dhevdhas Nair – keys, Riaan Vosloo – double bass, Mark Heyward – drums

Tracks:

Black Nile (Shorter), Son of Red Blues (Taylor), Slick (Canter), Why Not (Canter), Down From the Trees (Canter),

These tracks are on the compilation album So Far.


Pete Canter Quartet 2003

Pete Canter – tenor saxophone, Paul Harris – keys, Andy Tunbridge – double bass, Mark Heyward – drums

Tracks:

Israel (Carisi), Dreamer (Jobim), A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie/Parker), Laura (Mercer), Dewey Square (Parker), Groovy Samba (Mendes), Four on Six (Montgomery), Cool Blues (Parker)

A Night in Tunisia from this album was featured on the Cheltenham Jazz Fringe Compilation CD (Phat Records) distributed nationally by Jazzwise Magazine in May 2004


 

Standard Fifteen coverStandard Fifteen A duo album of jazz standards recorded in 2003.

 

 

 

Pete Canter – tenor saxophone, James Shipway – guitar

Tracks:

Stella by Starlight (Young), Anthropology (Parker), Corcovado (Jobim), Morning Dance (Beckenstein), Joy Spring (Brown), Skylark (Mercer/Carmichael),In a Sentimental Mood (Ellington), This Masquerade (Russell),Clouds (Adderley), Dewey Square (Parker), Star Eyes (De Paul/Raye), Triste (Jobim), Blues for Alice (Parker), Black Orpheus (Bonfa), Take Five (Desmond)


Indoor Sundial recorded in Wales in 1999, is a mix of jazz standards, not so standard standards and originals by the quintet Plankton.

Pete Canter – tenor saxophone, Sid Thomas – keys, Barry Wise – bass, Andy Parry – guitar, Andy Hay – drums

Tracks:

Tiempos Felice (Feliciano), Mark Time (Wheeler), Moon and Sand (Wilder), Tidings (Thomas), Invitation (Kaper), Blue Gardens (Thomas), 500 Miles High (Corea), Larry You’re Unbelievable (Thomas), Great Mills (Thomas), Argel (Wise)


Blue in Green was a trio album recorded in 1999

Pete Canter – tenor saxophone, Ed Wiles – keys, Barry Wise – bass

Tracks:

Afternoon in Paris (Lewis), Home at Last (Mobley), My Song (Jarrett), Yardbird Suite (Parker), Windows (Corea), Wave (Jobim), Israel (Carisi), Triste (Jobim), Dolphin Dance (Hancock), Four (Vinson), Blue in Green (Evans), Killer Joe (Golson)

 

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