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Peter Zak

There are few jazz pianists performing today who excel in the art of the straight-ahead piano-bass-drums trio as brilliantly as does Peter Zak. The empathy that he, bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Willie Jones III achieve on all 10 tracks of The Disciple—the Los Angeles-born, New York- based pianist’s tenth album in 10 years for SteepleChase Productions and eighth such trio recording for the esteemed Danish label—is nothing short of breathtaking. “The fact that the piano is the lead instrument in terms of playing the melody appeals to me,” Zak says of the trio format

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New Life

Label: Jazz House
Released: 2021
Track listing: Disc 1—Mood for Max (for Dr. Maxim Kreditor); Portrait of Sylvia; Sorta, Kinda; Monk’s Circle; Round Midnight; Penumbra; Brilliant Blue, Twilight Blue; Fulton Street Suite. Disc 2—Exhilaration; Elevanses; Clifford Jordan; Ballad for Charles Davis; The Minister’s Son; Spring Is Here; Back Story; Tutwiler 2001; The Long Walk Home.

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Battle Lines

Label: Blue Canteen Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Ignominy; Battle Lines; Loopholes; Thank You, Dziekuje; Bebop Operations; Bootlickers Blues; Lullaby For Lori And John; Churn; Steeplechase; #Social Loafing; Sir John.

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Article: Live Review

Peter Zak Quartet at Smalls Jazz Club

Read "Peter Zak Quartet at Smalls Jazz Club" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


Peter Zak Quartet Smalls Jazz Club jny:New York, NY December 18, 2020 One of a handful of rotating camera angles from Smalls Jazz Club offered a view of Peter Zak's hands on the keyboard of a Yamaha grand. This vantage point spoke volumes about the opening set of Zak's ...

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Remembrance

Label: SteepleChase Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Conception; It's A Blue World; Good Morning Heartache; Tchau; Limehouse Blues; Remembrance; Blues For Bailey's; All American; I'm A Fool To Want You; Navan's Apple.

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Battle Lines

Label: Blue Canteen Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Ignominy; Battle Lines; Loopholes; Thank You, Dziekuje; Bebop Operations; Bootlickers Blues; Lullaby For Lori and John; Churn; Steeplechase; #Social Loafing; Sir John.

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Article: Album Review

The Peter Leitch New Jazz Orchestra: New Life

Read "New Life" reviewed by Jack Bowers


After what Canadian-born guitarist Peter Leitch has been through in the last eight years, it's little wonder he named the ensemble he now leads the New Life Jazz Orchestra. Diagnosed in 2012 with stage 4 lung cancer, Leitch faced the choice of throwing in the proverbial towel or undergoing career-ending cancer treatment. He chose the latter, ...

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Article: Album Review

Andy Fusco: Remembrance

Read "Remembrance" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


Since 2016 SteepleChase Records has released five discs by alto saxophonist Andy Fusco. This impressive, often stunning body of work goes a long way in raising the profile of a man who had seldom been given the opportunity to record under his own name. While Fusco leads the sessions, he's the antithesis of a star or ...

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Article: Album Review

Steve Fidyk: Battle Lines

Read "Battle Lines" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


Battle Lines, the inaugural release of Steve Fidyk's Blue Canteen Music label, bears the stamp of a rhythm section capable of adroitly assuming multiple identities. During large portions of three amiable, bop-oriented tracks, “Bebop Operations," “#Social Loafing" and “Sir John," Fidyk's drums, bassist Michael Karn and pianist Peter Zak move the music along without any fuss ...

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Article: Album Review

Andy Fusco: Vortex

Read "Vortex" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


Vortex, Andy Fusco's fourth release on the SteepleChase imprint in as many years, is cause for celebration. Until recently, recordings by the veteran alto saxophonist as a leader have been few and far between. The date reunites Fusco with tenor saxophonist Walt Weiskopf, who composed four of the selections and arranged nine of the ten tracks. ...


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