Pop, rock, sass. All come to mind while playing Jim Peterik’s Lifeforce – Forces at Play (SMC Records, 2011). The singer, songwriter, producer and guitarist made his mark with rock groups Ides of March (“Vehicle”) and Survivor (“Eye of the Tiger”). Now, he culls all of his musical influences, including jazz, and stirs an elixir of love, joy and good vibes.
Among the notables joining Peterik on this venture are Steve Oliver, Mindi Abair, Acoustic Alchemy, Chieli Minucci, Jessy J, David Pack, Alex Ligertwood, Nick Colionne, Steve Cole and Peterik’s son, Sijay.
The set opens with “Forces at Play,” featuring Cole and Minucci. It’s an upbeat, sax-led instrumental piece that represents Peterik’s “jazz that rocks” statement. Abair plays sax and sings lead on “’Sall Good.” The lyrics again emphasize the overall vibe of the album while paying tribute to jazz legend John Coltrane. The shuffle beat gives this one a swinging groove.