Ckw Trio / Is, the
Album: Is, the   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Ckw Trio   Added:Dec 2004
Label:Black Hat Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2005-01-03 Pull Date: 2005-03-07 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Feb 27 Feb 20 Feb 13 Jan 30 Jan 16 Jan 9
Airplays: 1 2 1 2 1 3

Recent Airplay
1. Apr 22, 2005: Memory Select
4. Feb 15, 2005: Umami Jazz Program
Marchin' Home
2. Feb 26, 2005: The Dog and Pony Show
Mondrian En Amerique
5. Feb 08, 2005: Umami Jazz Program
3. Feb 18, 2005: Memory Select
Alex in Wonderland, Mondrian En Amerique, (Track 9), 4+#11M6M7
6. Jan 28, 2005: Memory Select
Alex in Wonderland

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2005-01-02
Free jazz with an avant-garde bent, as you can hear in the opening moments of the first track. A local trio led by Michael Cooke on sax, joined by cello and percussion.

Cooke displays a nice range. Most tracks are in a traditional free jazz mode -- that is, they're based on recognizably "jazz" compositions and get a bit daring with the solos, usually showing tasteful restraint. A few of the tracks wander into more abstract, academic territory but still sound downright friendly (#10 comes to mind).

By the way -- the name of the album is "The Is."

1- Crazy, scrabbly avant-garde: wild, with quiet spots
2- Wandering and lyrical
3- Strong midtempo led by sly low-register riff
4- Indian feel. Quiet start.
5- A quasi-Klezmer stomp, fairly fast but subdued
6- Busy, high-energy groove. Slow start.
7- Bassoon! A spritely feel, gets energetic
8- A fast burble with rubber-band cello intro and nice clarinet
9- Upbeat, stumbling swing.
10- Peppy but sparse. Brightly abstract.
11- A low-key casual groove, nice smoky feel

Track Listing
1. Mondrian En Amerique   6. Alex in Wonderland
2. Augmented   7. 4+#11M6M7
3. Iram   8. (Track 8)
4. (Track 4)   9. (Track 9)
5. R'izhii   10. Spirits
  11. Marchin' Home