"A set of absorbing compositions from Sam Leak. Excellent playing and interaction in the band - with intelligent use of space, colour and dynamics. A fine achievement."
Sam Leak | Dan Tepfer - Adrift (Jellymould Records 2018)
Described as "compelling" and "reaching far beyond the jazz loop" (John Fordham), 'Adrift' is a unique composition for two pianos that explores the range of colours and possibilities offered by the unconventional lineup. Sometimes densely complex, at others eerily sparse; the writing is engaging and melodic, conjuring up images of a snow-brushed New York in winter. The composition was originally written for 2014's Steinway festival, held at London's Pizza Express Jazz Club. The success of this performance led the pianists to record the album at the Yamaha Piano Rooms in Midtown New York in January 2016. The album was released on Jellymould Jazz on November 2nd 2018, and is now available to purchase online (including on Amazon and iTunes) and in stores including HMV.
"this is a masterly and hypnotic work which lingers at length in the listener's mind" ★★★★
All About Jazz
Sam Leak and Dan Tepfer are two of the best pianists of their generation, and their convergence on this recording is astonishing.”
“the music is magical throughout the date... constantly evolving and engaging... Sam Leak will be one to watch and hopefully U.S. jazz fans will have regular access to hearing him in concert and on CD.”
THE NEW YORK CITY JAZZ RECORD