Peter Zak – The Disciple (SCCD 31791)

SCCD 31791 Peter Zak Trio “The Disciple” Peter Zak on this his 10th album reveals his thoughts on jazz compositions by writing his own liner notes, which makes quite an interesting read as a bonus to the strong music embodied here. “…Zak’s originals have the strengths to become jazz standards themselves .” (Ken Dryden – the NYC Jazz Records on The Disciple SCCD 31791) “ Pianist Peter Zak and his superb trio went into the studio to swing on Down East, and swing they did…. Zak’s beautiful way with a melody comes to the forefront .” (Dan McClenaghan – AAJ on Down East SCCD 31715) “ To “get” Zak, you … Continue reading

Burak Bedikyan – Circle of Life (SCCD 33109)

SCCD 33109 Burak Bedikyan Quartet “Circle of Life” Burak Bedikyan is a burgeoning jazz pianist/composer from Turkey, one unlikely jazz country in spite of the nation’s historical and cultural heritage which is close to the Western world. Classically trained Bedikyan was introduced to jazz though workshop in modern theory conducted by Aydin Esen, a widely respected Turkish jazz pianist and composer in 1996. Since then Bedikyan has thrived in jazz and here his development culminates in this debut album in collaboration with three supburb American jazz artists: Chris Potter (sax), Peter Washington (bass) and Bill Stewart (drums). “….his music sits at the gateway of East and West, opening a window … Continue reading

Peter Zak – The Eternal Triangle (SCCD 31771)

SCCD 31771 Peter Zak Trio "The Eternal Triangle” Peter Zak’s penchant and artistry for trio format has produced an impressive series of piano trio albums all of which have enjoyed superlative critical acclaims all over the world. Here on this latest release with the fitting album title Peter Zak delivers once again his trademark intelligent art of piano trio performance. “You can’t help but be drawn in by his deep swing, mastery of tempo, horn-like phrasing, orchestrative savoir faire, and ability to conjure melodic pathways through harmonic thickets.” ( Ten Panken – DownBeat on “Down East – SCCD 31715) 1. I Believe In You (Frank Loesser)2. A Body At Rest … Continue reading

Peter Zak – Nordic Noon (SCCD 31744)

Pianist Peter Zak has in a relatively short time since his arrival at the NY jazz scene firmly established himself as “ a top-flight modern mainstream player who appears regularly with respected artists …” (Joel Roberts –AAJ) On this his eighth album Peter Zak continues his ever-evolving approach to piano trio jazz. (Thomas Conrad AAJ on “Seed of Sin” SCCD 31641) 1. Rara Avis (Peter Zak)2. Joshua C (Woody Shaw)3. Legs (Peter Zak)4. So Sweet My Little Girl (Duke Pearson)5. Herzog (Bobby Hutcherson)6. Out Of The Night (Joe Henderson)7. Nordic Noon (Peter Zak)8. The Touch Of Your Lips (Ray Noble)9. East Of The Sun (Brooks Bowman)10. Love Letters (Victor Young)11. … Continue reading

Vincent Gardner – The Good Book Chapter Three (SCCD 31741)

Since his highly successful debut album “Elbow Room” SCCD 31580 – “… a top-flight maiden voyage for Gardner .” (Terrell Kent Holmes – AAJ) in 2006 trombonist/composer/arranger Vincent Gardner has been pursuing to compile series of theme albums based on great compositions from the past. This third chapter, a book of Bebop showcases again Vincent’s unique talent as arranger and his musicality to reflect that exciting era of jazz’s history 70 years ago. “ a unique flavor, a quality that pretty much permeates the entire disc. This, of course, elevates the recital beyond your typical tribute album and bodes well for Gardner's further development as an individualist with something important … Continue reading

Peter Zak – Down East (SCCD 31715)

Peter Zak continues his high quality trio recordings, this time, with bassist and Zak’s old friend Peter Washington and Rodney Greene on drums providing a strong new entry to his impressive discography. Thomas Conrad of JazzTimes wrote on Zak’s earlier release “Seed of Sin” (SCCD 31641), “ To “get” Zak, you have to pay close attention. The surfaces of his music seem conventional until you notice how imaginatively his improvisations are developed, and how intelligently they tie. Zak invariably comes upon lovely notes you never anticipated …” On Zak’s solo album “My Conception” (SCCD 31619) Terrell Kent Holmes of AAJ commented, “ Zak always makes the right choices, and audiences … Continue reading

Helen Sung – (re)Conception (SCCD 31708)

W inner of the Kennedy Center's Mary Lou Williams Piano Competition , pianist Helen Sung makes her SteepleChase debut here with her “Rolls-Royces” rhythm section consisting of Peter Washington on bass and Lewis Nash on drums to showcase her original and adept sense of (re) concepting jazz standards and beyond. 1. (Re)conception (George Shearing)2. I Believe In You (Frank Loesser)3. Far From The Home I Love (Jerry Bock)4. Duplicity (Helen Sung)5. C Jam Blues (Duke Ellington)6. Wives And Lovers (Burt Bacherach)7. Crazy, He Calls Me (Carl Sigman)8. Teo (Thelonious Monk)9. Everything But You (Duke Ellington) UPC/EAN: 716043170821 … Continue reading

Bill Mays – Mays At The Movies (SCCD 31684)

As Thomas Conrad (allaboutjazz) once observed Bill Mays as “a literate, polished, Mainstream jazz pianist (who) likes to do concept albums”, Bill Mays chose to build his first album on SteepleChase on the concept of movie themes. Mays’s mastery of color and touch superbly illustrates those silver screen memorable moments. 1. I've Never Been In Love Before (Frank Loesser)2. The Shadow Of Your Smile (Johnny Mandel)3. Pure Imagination (Anthony Newley / Leslie Bricusse)4. Love Theme From Spartacus (Alex North)5. Judy (Bill Mays)6. The Summer Knows (Michel Legrand)7. There's A Small Hotel (Richard Rodgers)8. You Leave Me Breathless (Frederick Hollander)9. Charade (Henry Mancini) UPC/EAN: 716043168422 … Continue reading

Richard Wyands – Get Out Of Town (SCCD 31401)

SCCD 31401 Get Out Of Town / Richard Wyands Trio Veteran pianist Richard Wyands worked with Ella Fitzgerald and Carmen McRae in the mid 50s. His sensitive playing was highly appreciated by the luminaries of jazz such as Charles Mingus, Freddie Hubbard, Zoot Sims, Roy Haynes, Gigi Gryce, Oliver nelson Gene Ammons, Kenny Burrell to mention a few whom he performed with. Wyands is one of the most under recorded artists and this is his long waited leader album in years. 1. Get out of town (Cole Porter)2. Love dance (Ivan Lins)3. Yardbird suite (Charlie Parker)4. Angelica (Duke Ellington)5. I don't want to cry anymore (Victor Schertzinger)6. Serenata (L. Anderson/M. … Continue reading