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 27Feb 20Feb 13Jan 30Jan 16Jan 9

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