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Danish pianist Peter Zak’s trio sticks firmly to theme-and-variation practices and a jazz standards and American songbook repertoire. The fast title track is a Sonny Stitt bopper and “I’ll Keep Loving You” is a lush Bud Powell ballad, there’s a late-night blues and the three originals are well crafted and in style.

But Zak’s light touch, rhythmic poise and fluent modern jazz lines make the set something of a standout, and the support of Peter Washington and Billy Drummond on bass and drums is exemplary.

Peter Zak Trio

The Eternal Triangle

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