SCCD 31825 Stephen Riley & Peter Zak “Deuce”

Stephen Riley started his recording career with SteepleChase in 2005 with an amazing (and unusual) piano-less trio SCCD 31584 Inside Out. Since then he had more often than not opted for the piano-less format until he recorded his 2013 quartet release SCCD 31765 Lover with Peter Zak on piano.

Riley and Zak started performing as duo and made their first duo release SCCD 31806 Haunted Heart to critical and public acclaim. So here’s “Deuce” to follow up by the empathic twosome.

“…This session is his third meeting with pianist Peter Zak, whose sensitive accompaniment allows Riley the breathing room he thought could only be found in pianoless groups. This time, however, it’s just the pair, finding new avenues through a mix of jazz standards and gems from the Great American Songbook. Without timekeeping by a rhythm section, the players rely on intuition to anticipate their joint path…. With Haunted Heart, Stephen Riley and Peter Zak have achieved that rare chemistry that demands future projects together.”
(Ken Dryden, New York City Jazz Record on “Haunted Heart” SCCD 31806)

STEPHEN RILEY tenor saxophone

Recorded December 2014

1 PLEASE (Ralph Rainger) 7:50
2 LOVER MAN (Ram Ramirez) 7:01
4 INTERLUDE 1 (Stephen Riley) 1:31
5 TETRAGON (Joe Henderson) 6:45
6 INTERLUDE 2 (Stephen Riley) 0:48
7 WHO? (Jerome Kern) 6:07
8 SHALA (Peter Zak) 6:28
9 PANNONICA (Thelonious Monk) 6:16
10 INTERLUDE 3 (Stephen Riley) 1:46
11 EXACTLY LIKE YOU (Jimmy McHugh) 7:29
12 WITHOUT A SONG (Vincent Youmans) 8:30

Total Playing Time 66:25

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