Peter Zak Trio: For Tomorrow (2006)
Zak also successfully manages to take on a genuine classic, the oft-covered "I See Your Face Before Me. It's a daring undertaking, especially since it has been done before, bigger, better and by the likes of Coltrane and Sinatra. A musician of Zak's caliber is expected to deliver, however, and deliver he does. Sinatra enthusiasts needn't be disappointed because in the trio's cover, words seem superfluous. The marvelous ubiquity of the piano's quiet lyricism is immensely satisfying and merits numerous listens.
For Tomorrow is chameleonic to the point of being startling. It is organic and tight, with no loose chords and no loose strings. It's the sort of satisfaction for pure spontaneity that setting your iPod on shuffle would never justly accomplish. You find yourself tapping your foot long after the last note is played, and the resonance is as striking as the music.
Track Listing: The Cream or the Clear; Plaza de Toros; Day by Day; You Know I Care; Strictly Confidential; Actual Proof; I See Your Face Before Me; For Tomorrow; Bran Flake; This is for Albert; Wee See.
Personnel: Peter Zak: piano; Paul Gill: bass; Willie Jones III: drums.
Record Label: SteepleChase Records