“THE PETER HAND BIG BAND - OUT OF HAND", released on Savant Records in October, 2014, features an outstanding group playing Hand’s arrangements of standards and his original compositions.
With an "all-star" roster of Houston Person, Jay Brandford, Bruce Williams, Don Braden, Ralph Lalama and Kenny Berger on saxophones, Kevin Bryan, Eddie Allen, Valery Ponomarev and John Bailey on trumpets, John Mosca, Vincent Gardner and Jack Jeffers on trombones, Peter Hand on guitar, James Weidman on piano, Harvie S on bass and Steve Johns on drums, "OUT OF HAND" has received widespread critical acclaim and extensive radio airplay, reaching No. 4 on the JazzWeek Radio Chart of top 50 CDs nationwide.
A new recording, "Handpainted Dream" by the Peter Hand Big Band is now a work in progress.
(Here's what the critics said about "Out Of Hand"):
“Peter Hand’s latest album is cause for celebration... When Hand arranges outside material for the band, he masterfully adds a new dimension to it." DOWNBEAT (Editors' Picks)
“Peter Hand, a most able guitarist, has put together a splendid 16-piece unit which upholds the spirit and and history of the genre. ‘Out Of Hand’ fully merits a five-star rating and will be a strong contender for record of the year honours." JAZZ JOURNAL (UK)
"In a combination of standards and originals, with some tight arrangements by the leader, the result is an imaginative showcase of big band music. A terrific follow up to the band’s critically acclaimed first recording – "The Wizard of Jazz: A Tribute To Harold Arlen." AUDIOPHILE AUDITION
"‘Out Of Hand’ features a bevy of adept musicians, including saxophonist Don Braden, trumpeter Valery Ponomarev, and others, tackling a bluesy, urbane mix of standards and originals. This is swinging, straight-ahead acoustic big-band jazz at its finest." ALLMUSIC
"Guitarist Peter Hand puts together a swinging and tasty big band that hits it right on all strides through a collection of originals and standards. A feast for mainstream big band fans, and guitar freaks will run fast to it as well." JAZZ WEEKLY
"The Peter Hand Big Band is an heir to the rich tradition of the great American ensembles. This CD has something for every lover of jazz music and for a wider public seeking the jazz sound of classic big band." INFO-CULTURE.BIZ Montreal, Canada
"With the hallmarks of an after hours set ringing loudly throughout, this is contemporary big band that's played for love."