A native of the Pacific Northwest, Dave Peck is recognized as an outstanding composer, arranger and pianist. He is known for his introspective style and rich harmonic coloring and has been described as “…a formidable musical voice, lyrical and insightful” and “…an absolute artist with a unique command of his instrument and the language of music”. Downbeat magazine says Peck’s playing is “lyrical and pastel, swinging and bluesy, with a ringing crystalline touch.” and Cadence Magazine says he “…can hang with the currently feted crop of young lions”.
Dave has appeared on Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland. Ms. McPartland said “Dave Peck is a pianist and composer who possesses great musicality, a sensitive touch and a lively sense of swing.” His performances and compositions have been heard on Jazz After Hours, National Public Radio's Jazz Alive, Jazz Journal, New Jazz Northwest, and Northwest Jazz on KPLU FM as well as VH1 and Canadian Broadcast Television. His music is featured internationally on terrestrial, satellite and internet jazz radio.
Peck’s award winning recordings on his own Let’s Play Stella label are all featured on the Jazz After Hours Best of the Year lists. Trio, 3 and 1 and Good Road have all won the Earshot Recording of the Year awards. In addition 3 and 1 was in the radio Top 10 and featured in the Cadence Magazine 2003 Writer's Poll
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An Evil Clown And A Leap Of Faith
by Karl Ackermann, AllAboutJazz
The core collective under Evil Clown is Leap of Faith, which when expanded to the
Leap of Faith Orchestra includes players from Metal Chaos Ensemble, String Theory,
Turbulence and Mekaniks. The common denominators in these collectives is the
presence of PEK in each, and a completely unorthodox approach to creative
improvisation. An unfamiliar listener, dropping into an Evil Clown recording may find
themselves submerged in world of musical anarchy but there is a hidden order
behind the apparent mayhem....
On Leap of Faith Orchestra - Possible Universes..