Duncan Heining, Jazzwise magazine
Peter James has learned an important lesson from listening to Keith Jarrett - the building of a strong melodic line upon a firm rhythmic foundation allows the musician to tell stories. It's the musical equivalent of the writer's narrative structure. Two things immediately impress about James - firstly, his beautiful pianistic touch and, secondly, the quality of his writing. In fact, Soul Story is a real advance on the pianist's debut, Visions and Vistas. The sheer confidence of the trio now allows greater ambition perhaps, as on the four part title track. There is a willingness as well to explore a more ambiguous approach to form. Listen, for example, to the opening Ocean's Lament and its heartfelt plea on behalf of these last wildernesses or the lovely Everyday Mountains. Sometimes I wonder if I'm too concerned by things like content, form and vision, forgetting there should be reference to pleasure as well. I enjoyed Soul Story on so many levels, unexpectedly so. Thinking person's jazz with real soul. Tell me more, Mr. James. ****
Duncan Heining, Jazzwise, Dec 2011
Duncan Heining gives Soul Story a four star review in Jazzwise magazine and lists it among his top 10 releases of the year.