Peter King, in the words of one critic, “the finest alto saxophonist that Britain has ever produced, and one of the finest in the world today” (Dave Gelly, 'The Giants of Jazz', Aurum Press, 1986), has been a major influence on the British Jazz scene ever since he played, (at the age of eighteen!), the opening of RONNIE SCOTT'S, London's internationally famous jazz Mecca. “Had Ronnie Scott's Club died over night and been heard of no more it could still have justified its existence by pointing to a discovery like Peter King.” (Benny Green, 'Jazz Decade, ten years at Ronnie Scott's', King's Road Publishing Ltd. 1969).
A wonderful musician ...PETER KING of course is a master of his instrument. People are aware of that here .. (In America), .. as well as in England”. (ELVIN JONES, ‘Jazz U.K. Sept 2001).
Although he now concentrates on his work as a solo artist and with his regular Quartet, Peter has worked and with such legends as Bud Powell, Elvin Jones, Max Roach, Milt Jackson, Lalo Schifrin, Frank Foster's ‘new' Count Basie Band and the Ray Charles Orchestra. He has also recorded with Hampton Hawes, Al Haig, Philly Joe Jones, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, and many others, including Red Rodney, who said this of Peter: "He's got that natural growl in his playing –yet he's soft and beautiful when he wants to be."