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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

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.

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.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Ten on Cellar Live

Read "Ten on Cellar Live" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

That crafty Canadian Cory Weeds was onto something with the creation of his Cellar Live and now Cellar Music label. He reveals himself as a man for all seasons in being a confident saxophonist, music historian, and archivist with his new label Reel to Real (in cooperation with that maestro of the catalog, Zev Feldman. With ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sam Dillon: Out in the Open

Read "Out in the Open" reviewed by Jack Bowers

One thing that must be said for Cory Weeds, the head man at Canada's Cellar Live Records: he knows talent when he sees and hears it. Tenor saxophonist Sam Dillon, who leads an excellent quartet on Out in the Open, his debut recording for Cellar Live, is a case in point. While Dillon is essentially unknown ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Hard Boppin' at Smalls

Read "Hard Boppin' at Smalls" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

Smalls Jazz Club in Greenwich Village is a remarkably vibrant music venue that enjoys considerable international renown. It is not the most mannered of clubs with loud and boisterous audiences. Nor is it the most decorous, but does offer a rather distinctive look. The club has a great vibe and is committed to treating its audience ...


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