…Writer's Block is the work of a band at the absolute peak of its writing and performing skill. It's hard to imagine Peter Bjorn and John getting better than this. Hopefully they will, but if not, they'll always have this album to call their masterpiece.
With his previous releases, pianist Peter Zak has focused on standards and works by a variety of jazz greats. This time around he focuses on McCoy Tyner, a veteran who has written a formidable array of compositions during his long career, though he has rarely, if ever, been the focus of a recorded tribute. Zak makes up for that oversight with this rewarding session, joined by his working trio consisting of longtime bassist Paul Gill and drummer Quincy Davis (the latter also appeared on Seed of Sin). Zak puts his own stamp on each piece, not merely trying to copy Tyner's style (which would be pointless), opening with a snappy take of "Blues on the Corner" that also features his sidemen.
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to release a newly re-mastered and expanded edition of the classic 1970 album "The Answer" by the legendary keyboard player and Camel member Peter Bardens. Prior to Bardens joining Andrew Latimer and co. to form Camel, he recorded two excellent solo albums. The first of these was "The Answer". The album included the side long opus "Homage To The God Of Light", later performed by Camel in their live sets. The album is expanded with both sides of the only single released by Bardens' outfit Village, a group who also included future Elvis Costello band member Bruce Thomas and lasted just a few months in 1969.