Peter Zak

Peter Zak
Peter Zak

"The pianist’s light touch and rhythmic poise supported by exemplary bass and drums make the set something of a standout." - Mike Hobart, Financial Times
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"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, NYC Jazz Record
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Reviews of recent releases:

(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
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(Down East) "Peter Zak and his superb trio went into the studio to swing on Down East, and swing they did." - Dan McCleneghan, All About Jazz
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Peter Zak profiled in DownBeat Magazine, September,
2011

(Down East) "The kind of trio date many aspire to but few reach so effortlessly, Zak and his pals are on the money throughout. A must hear/have date for all straight ahead piano jazz fans." - Chris Spector, Midwest Record
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(The Decider) "...further distinguishes Zak as a savvy bandleader. The chemistry here is superb throughout." - Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times, December 2010
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(The Decider) "This is another rewarding release by Peter Zak, a talent deserving of wider recognition. 4 1/2 stars." - Ken Dryden, All Music Guide
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(Blues On The Corner) "Peter Zak and his trio have made a fine album that shines new light on a too-often neglected aspect of McCoy Tyner's legacy." - Joel Roberts, All About Jazz New York
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(Blues On The Corner) "The inventive, poised pianist and composer Peter Zak...creates beguiling passages of flowing melody driven by an assured swing." - Zan Stewart, Newark Star-Ledger
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(Blues On The Corner) "...rewarding session...Zak puts his stamp on each piece...4 1/2 stars." - Ken Dryden, All Music Guide

(Seed Of Sin)"...Zak is a focused, original player with fine taste and great chops...4 stars." - Mitch Myers, DownBeat Magazine, August 2009
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(Seed Of Sin) "...his fourth strong album for SteepleChase... Zak invariably comes upon lovely notes you never anticipated. “Shala” has a heartfelt melodic inevitability that, in a more perfect world, would make its composer famous." - Thomas Conrad, Jazz Times, November 2008
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"...vibrant and singular....he and his trio simply opt for conciseness and clarity, a hallmark of all fine composing and playing (Peter Zak Trio) - Terrell Holmes, All About Jazz, New York
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"...a young artist worthy of attention. Here making his first CD on an international jazz label, (Peter Zak Trio) Zak plays splendidly with bass powerhouse Paul Gill and the protean drummer Al Foster. It's an exceptional trio.  With influences ranging from Bill Evans and to Bud Powell, Zak favors melodically rich playing with harmonic depth and supple rhythm." - Zan Stewart, Newark Star-Ledger

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"Peter Zak...has put together a nice mainstream style mixing melodic class with easy-riding cool.  His work on his own compositions, “Laughing With RZ” and “Better Late Than Never” is bright and engaging while he brings an unusual waltzing grace to Monk’s “Ugly Beauty.”  He’s sassy on Joe Henderson’s “Mamacita” and honors a certain prominent pianist known for African-based melodies with a rolling African rhythm on “Tyner’s Corner.” - Cadence Magazine

"one of the most polished, intelligent, swinging piano trios in New York or anywhere else...For Tomorrow gets better every time you play it." - Thomas Conrad, Jazz Times

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One of the 10 best of 2006 (For Tomorrow) - Nancy Barell, Jazz Journalists Association

"Zak demonstrates his ace style (For Tomorrow)...clean, warm sound, and crisp, on-the-money ideas that swing--often with a provocative verve...three and one-half stars out of four." - Zan Stewart, Newark Star-Ledger

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“For Tomorrow” is chameleonic to the point of being startling.  It is organic and tight, with no loose chords and no loose strings.  It’s the sort of satisfaction for pure spontaneity that setting your iPod on shuffle would never justly accomplish.  You find yourself tapping your foot long after the last note is played and the resonance is as striking as the music."  - Karla Cornejo, All About Jazz, New York

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"Zak's imaginative studio session (My Conception) blends stunning originals with a few overlooked gems...as a composer, comparable to the likes of Bill Evans, Denny Zeitlin, Fred Hersch, or any solo pianist you can name...a flawless record date.  Four and one-half stars out of five" - Ken Dryden, All Music Guide

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"...a bouquet of self-assured solo piano performances (My Conception)" - Nate Chinen, New York Times

" For Tomorrow, was one of 2006’s sleepers. My Conception, a solo album, is better. The 12 pieces on this album feel less like calculated performances than one private, unbroken contemplation on which the listener is allowed to eavesdrop...The best piece is “With a Song in My Heart,” with new changes, an unusual dead-slow tempo, and fragments repeated and communed over, as if in wonder." - Thomas Conrad, Jazz Times

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(Seed Of Sin) NYC pianist Peter Zak, a spirited bebop-and-beyond stylist, again offers a beguiling mix of distinctive originals and jazz repertoire items both well-known and not-so. This is A-1 modern mainstream trio jazz, swinging with spark." – Zan Stewart, Newark Star-Ledger

(Seed Of Sin) "Peter Zak's fourth release for Steeplechase finds him returning to a trio, with his regular bassist Paul Gill and Quincy Davis taking over on drums. Zak covers a number of jazz styles during this wide-ranging session. The pianist's compositions are just as strong. The brisk bossa nova "Propinquity" and the melodic "Shala" (the latter introduced with a bit of free improvisation) are also signs of Peter Zak's gifts as a composer." - Ken Dryden, All Music Guide

(Seed Of Sin) "...another strong entry in (Peter Zak's) burgeoning catalog." - Derek Taylor, Bagatellen
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My brand new release is getting some praise in the press. The Eternal Triangle, a trio recording featuring Peter Washington, bass, and Billy Drummond, drums, is now available. Purchase at Amazon.



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