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Peter Zak

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. “There’s that, and the hookup between the ride cymbal and the bass doesn’t get any better than that. The reason I play jazz is basically for that feel.” Critics are sure to rave about The Disciple, much as they have for his earlier trio recordings.

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(Eternal Triangle) “The pianist's light touch and rhythmic poise make the set something of a standout” - Mike Hobart, Financial Times

(Eternal Triangle) “Peter Zak has developed into a pianist who knows what to leave out when playing, giving his music a buoyancy often lacking in piano trio CD's.” - Ken Dryden

(Down East) “You can’t help but be drawn in by his deep swing, mastery of tempos, horn-like phrasing, orchestrative savoir faire, and ability to conjure melodic pathways through harmonic thickets.” - Ted Panken, DownBeat

(Down East) “Classy set by Peter Zak, accompanied by the stellar rhythm tandem...together they strike a swinging accord...” - Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes

(Down East) “The kind of trio date many aspire to but few reach so effortlessly, Zak and his pals are on the money throughout

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