The DVD…features an interesting interview with Peterson in which he admits to an initial scepticism about interpreting such a topic in the medium of jazz and his relation to spiritual music. He also describes in detail the various motifs of the work and I recommend playing the interview before listening to the Suite
…Peterson’s “Easter Suite” is a purely instrumental work. Peterson tells the Resurrection story as a series of contrasting scenes. The suite includes a wide variety of styles including jazz waltz, minor blues, chorale and spiritual. While there are several moments of Peterson’s exuberance…he never loses the reverential focus of the total piece.