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Cooke, Michael / Statements
Album:Statements Collection:Jazz
Artist:Cooke, Michael Added:Apr 2002
Label:Black Hat Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2002-10-14 Pull Date:2002-12-16 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:Nov 17Oct 27

 Recent Airplay
1.Nov 15, 2002:Memory Select
3.Oct 25, 2002:Memory Select
35 Cents
2.Nov 10, 2002:Oh Messy Life
Head Bobbin'

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2002-11-15 
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.

Track Listing
1.Jagged 7.Malevolence
2.Viva Guatemala! 8.?
3.35 Cents 9.Amblin'
4.Cogitation 10.Neptune
5.Three Steps Down 11.Less
6.Head Bobbin' 12.Early Exit