Reference: FSRCD 5101
Bar code: 8427328651011
"Peter Zak is a pianist of extraordinary talent and virtuosity. His latest CD exhibits mature, sensitive and high level creativity at its best."
—Dr. Eddie Henderson (trumpeter)
"An excellent jazz pianist with a flexible style, Peter Zak sought to document his collaboration with bassist Marcos Varela on One Mind. The quartet set also features tenor-saxophonist Seamus Blake (who sometimes steals the show with his fiery statements) and drummer Billy Drummond.
Zak was born in Los Angeles but grew up in Ohio. He began playing the piano at five, studied at Berkeley, and worked around Northern California before moving to New York. He has had opportunities to work (and sometimes record) with Junior Cook, George Coleman, Etta Jones, Scott Hamilton, Peter Bernstein, Eric Alexander, Jon Hendricks, Walt Weiskopf, and Doug Webb among others. Zak began leading his own record dates back in 1988 for the small Gania label, was a featured sideman on a few albums by trumpeter Ryan Kisor, made a dozen CDs of his own for Steeplechase during 2004-16, and recently debuted on the Fresh Sound label.
His quartet performs five Zak originals and one apiece by Varela, Herbie Hancock, Cole Porter, and Thelonious Monk. On some selections, particularly “For Sonny” and “Backseat Driver,” Zak’s modal playing recalls McCoy Tyner but other numbers find him playing in his own inventive post-bop style. Many of his originals grow in interest with each listen for they have their own quirky logic and inspire passionate improvisations. Zak’s solos are consistently rewarding, Varela is well featured (being showcased on Monk’s “Reflections”) and Drummond is excellent in support of the lead voices. Seamus Blake, who is on most of the performances, plays at his best throughout, coming up with one unpredictable but logical solo after another, adding plenty of heat to the excellent set."
—Scott Yanow (October, 2018)
Los Angeles Jazz Scene