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Alex Coke/Tina Marsh/Steve Feld: It's Possible

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With the passing of Tina Marsh this past June (2009), the Creative Opportunity Orchestra or CO2 for short, lost its earthly voice and artistic visionary. While her CO2 is grand in scope, it most recently spawned this intimate meeting of her extraordinary voice, tenor saxophonist/flutist Alex Coke and Steven Feld who plays ashiwa, an African bass rhythm box. Marsh is in superb form here and her voice thrills, especially in the higher registers, as it dovetails beautifully with Coke's rounded tones on both tenor and flute. Feld's main gig is as an ethnomusicologist and, in addition to ...

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Alex Coke: New Texas Swing

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When one keeps glancing at the “elapsed time” while listening to the opening track on an album to see how much longer it has to run, that’s not a good sign. Alex Coke’s New Texas Swing, which was actually recorded in the Netherlands, is full of sound and fury, but its significance is lessened by unrelenting waves of clamorous intercourse.

Not to discount anyone's sincerity -- these are four accomplished musicians who undoubtedly believe in what they are doing -- but I find it hard to relate to music that uses a club instead of a scepter ...



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