Peter White’s Playin’ Favorites is a smooth guitar jazz album that is filled with cover songs that soon will be covered by artists wanting to cover Peter White.
"What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)"starts this CD with a nice tempo beat, Peter sails all the way through this song. Playing, it sounds like he’s playing the rhythm and lead separately. The Burt Bacharach and Hal David song "The Look of Love" sets the mood for the album and the flugelhorn really brings it to life.
The Grover Washington song "Mister Magic" is played here. Guest Bob James on Fender Rhodes really plays and Dave Camp playing the vamp on flute actually is a great addition. This song was arranged by Paul Brown, a veteran producer and a long time collaborator with White.
For his version on the Ray Charles classic "Hit the Road Jack", White with finger snapping, guitar and stand-up bass and vocals by Jonathan Butler, it just does not feel the same. It is supposed to be his own but you do find yourself singing along to the Charles’ version in your head.
What obviously stands out here is the guitar work of Peter White. To have Paul Brown to come and direct everything was a great move. With the additions of players Boney James and Jonathan Butler along with Bob James and Jeffrey Osbourne, who sings on "You Are Everything", this album is a great smooth jazz guitar album for all occasions.