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

Tom Guarna – Bittersweet (SCCD 31720)

For his 5 th leader album Tom Guarna selects his favourite titles from the bop repertoire. Backed by pianist Peter Zak who is well versed in bop and Zak's regular trio, bassist Paul Gill and drummer Willie Jones, Guarna achieves brilliant results with authenticity and creativity. “… Peter (Zak) shares with Tom a love and familiarity with the bop repertoire and has great admiration for such players from the genre as George Wallington, Bud Powell and Elmo Hope. Not forgetting hornmen like Sonny Rollins, Jackie McLean, Miles Davis and John Coltrane. All those men were products of the well-spring of music that signalled an evolutionary, rather than revolutionary, surge towards … Continue reading

Marcus Printup – London Lullaby (SCCD 31655)

“…. This is exciting, entrancing and vigorous music, filled with nuances and subtleties… As for contemporary jazz tumpe tplaying it doesn’t come any better than the mature style purveyed by Marcus Printup, one of the finest of our times ” (Mark Gardner- from the liner notes) On Printup’s previous album SCCD 31626 Bird Of Paradise JazzTimes’ George Kanzler commented, “ Printup and Nash solo with more tonal and timbral variety, sacrificing sheer velocity for expressive sounds and fewer notes. It’s a creatively fertile way to revisit Bird’s music .” 1. Recorda-Me (Joe Henderson)2. London Lullaby (Marcus Printup)3. Una Mujer Elegante (Eric Reed)4. Blue In Green (Bill Evans)5. Eighty-One (Ron Carter)6. … Continue reading

Tom Guarna – Wingspan (SCCD 31634)

Out From The Underground , “….Guarna’s guitar brings a mellow approach to the session, merging with his sidemen in a legato affair that finds lyrical space everywhere. ….. Guarna enjoys his lyrical ride on this album of sweet delights.” (Jim Santella – allaboutjazz) Here on his third album Tom Guarna put together another delightful pianoless quartet with Joel Frahm on saxophone. 1. Wingspan (Tom Guarna)2. Marionette (Billy Bauer)3. Where Are You? (Jimmy McHugh)4. Half Nelson (Miles Davis)5. Scramble (Walter Norris)6. The Long (Tom Guarna)7. I Should Care (Axel Stordahl)8. Angel Eyes (Matt Dennis)9. I'll Take Romance (B. Oakland) UPC/EAN: 716043163427 … Continue reading

Peter Zak – For Tomorrow (SCCD 31592)

SCCD 31592 Peter Zak Trio "For Tomorrow" Terrell Kent Holmes of allaboutJazz commented on Zak's CD debut (SCCD 31578 The Peter Zak Trio) last year, "Pianist Peter Zak is something of an unknown quantity to New Yorkers, but on his SteepleChase debut, he makes a considerable first impression. On this disc, which is comprised mostly of originals, he displays a style, which, although clearly touched by his major influences, remains vibrant and singular. During a great gig last month at Smoke, Zak showcased several of the tunes (and one that isn't on the disc, a burner with the hilarious title "The Cream or the Clear," which hopefully will be on … Continue reading