|Cooke, Michael / Statements|
|Label:||Black Hat Records|
|Add Date:||2002-10-14||Pull Date:||2002-12-16||Charts:||Jazz|
|Week Ending:||17 Nov||27 Oct|
|1.||Nov 15, 2002:||Memory Select |
|3.||Oct 25, 2002:||Memory Select |
|2.||Nov 10, 2002:||Oh Messy Life |
Solo woodwinds recordings, sometimes with multiple instruments overdubbed. Many pieces are composed rather than completely improvised. Some (such as #12) have tight, twisty composed passages, with Cooke sounding very nice on multiple saxes.|
Cooke is sympathetic to avant-garde music but hasn't quite developed the compositional acumen for it. Some of the tracks get a bit trite as a result, but overall it's a worthy effort.
1- Spirited, fast street sax solo
2* - Catchy riff, cheerful flute
3* - Quiet, mysterious bass clarinet
4 - Goes for a deep Asian feel, misses
5 - Upbeat sax solo around a three-steps-down riff
6* - Slinky swing tune, corny but grows on you
7 - Bright flute solo
8 - 38-second blip
9 - Bassoon!!! Catchy but bland little song.
10* - Long jazzy sax runs
11 - Slow blues sx
12* - Placid flute, into a flowing cacophony of flutes and saxes. Ends w/mournful solo.
|5.||Three Steps Down||11.||Less|
|6.||Head Bobbin'||12.||Early Exit|