Dave Peck: Out of Seattle (2002)
I think of Dave Peck as a very cerebral player. I suspect he plays tunes in his mind at least as often as he’s at the piano, but there’s also a quietly intense passion in his playing. Take the opening track for instance. It opens with three minutes of an out-of-tempo poetic Chopin-like nocturne that provides little hint of what’s to follow. Fragments of a reharmonized Miles Davis tune are revealed as figures in a mist. In the last few bars before the bass and drums enter, he indicates the tempo of the tune – “Solar” – and when they swing into it, the intensity builds surprisingly and quickly. Jeff Johnson takes one of his “free” solos, and former Bill Evans drummer Joe LaBarbera gets in some exchanges with sticks. Most of the six standards on this CD begin in similarly oblique fashion with solo piano leading to the melody. Bernstein’s “Lonely Town” is a special gem to be savored. Other tunes include “Come Rain or Come Shine,” “You and the Night and the Music,” “I Loves You Porgy,” and “With a Song In My Heart.”
All three players are models of taste and restraint, but their playing goes far beyond merely pleasant. Like widely appreciated art, it can be enjoyed on many levels depending upon what you bring to the experience. You’ll find both art and craft, wrapped in an appealing package.
Review provided courtesy 88.5 KPLU-FM in Seattle
Track Listing: 1. Solar 2. Lonely Town 3. Come Rain Or Come Shine 4. You And The Night And The Music 5. I Loves You Porgy 6. With A Song In My Heart
Personnel: Dave Peck (piano) with Joe La Barbera (drums) and Jeff Johnson (bass)