Peter Zak: The Disciple

Pianist Peter Zak leads an interactive trio with Peter Washington/b and Willie Jones III/dr through a soulful and thoughtful collection of originals and jazz classics. He’s got a gentle and pensive touch, not unlike Bill Evans, which is reflected in his take of Chick Corea’s “The Loop” and his own softly latin “Montserrat.” He knows how to get into a groove with his buddies , as Monk’s “Criss Cross” has the team bear down  and Hampton Hawes’ “Jackie” bounces with a lively bop. Washington shows some rich lyricism on Herbie Hancock’s “Requiem” and Jones’ restraint on Elmo H ope’s “Barfly” hits a sweet spot. Zak shows how to do it alone with a thoughtful take of Scriabin’s “Prelude,” a clever call. This guy has a touch that puts a positive light on taste and class.

SteepleChase Records



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