Tuesday, September 13, 2005

name: King, iPod

Ok, so if you aren't aware I'm in a nasty "iPod war" with Scott from Auditorium. His playlist is pretty good and so is mine... So, for the sake of all randomly generized playlists everywhere please go and vote for either Scott or myself at Music Cherry. I like both of our playlists. Mine is a little too "indie" and his is a little more "80's/rock." Now listen to some jazz

Zach Brock and the Coffee Achievers - 1 A.M. Gate
Zach Brock and the Coffee Achievers - Cold Turkey
Zach Brock and the Coffee Achievers - Almost Never Was

"It's hard to pin down violinist Zach Brock and his band The Coffee Achievers on their second album Chemistry; the CD starts out with a fusion track, Cold Turkey, complete with rapid speaker-to-speaker panning and electric violin with distortion, but switches to the album's only vocal track with lyrics, This Is Just, with singer Melissa Stylianou. But it's that variety, and the strength of the compositions by Brock, keyboardist Sam Barsh (featured on the new Avishai Cohen album), and bassist Matt Wigton, that make this so enjoyable to listen to from end-to-end. That variety also means that there's a track or two - at least - for almost any mainstream jazz station, whether it's the contemporary funky feel of 1 A.M. Gate, the pretty interplay of cello, violin, and vocals on Playa Blanca, or the frantic, dual electric violins on Remember Young Ray. Chemistry should appeal to younger listeners as well as those in your older core audience who remember some of the more electric sounds of the seventies." - Ed Trefzger


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