Virtuosity isn't defined by notes-per-minute; true virtuosity is instrumental mastery surrendering to the demands of the song. Sometimes that can mean shredding with furious intensity, yes; but the real deal also respects music that demands less, rather than more. Violinist Zach Brock is, indeed, the real deal, and Purple Sounds, his second release for Holland's Criss Cross label, finds Brock and his stellar quartet playing exactly what's needed: nothing less; but equally, nothing more. Beyond two Brock originals, Purple Sounds pays direct tribute to a number of important touchstones for the violinist who, in addition to participating in ...read more
[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth]About a month or so ago, I had the pleasure of performing in a duo setting with violinist Zach Brock. I've known Brock for years; we met and played together a few times in New York City. However, this was our first time really playing in a creative, intimate setting. Brock is, in my humble opinion, one of the best--if not the best--jazz violinist out there today. Although as you'd expect, he has the classical training, but he is also very genuinely steeped in the authentic ...read more
Here is some of the music that I love. There is no way for me to reflect everything that I'm listening to in one playlist, but this is at least a partial representation of some of the sounds that were in my head as I wrote for my new CD The Magic Number. TrackNameTimeArtistAlbum1And Your Dream Comes True1:5The Beach BoysPerfect Harmony2Zhivago9:4Kurt RosenwinkelThe Next Step3Late November7:7Bobby AveyA New Face4On A Good Day1:48Joanna NewsomHave One On Me5Tango Pajdusko5:40Eastern BlokFolk Tales6Three Is a Magic Number7:0Bob DoroughSunday At Iridium7Tom Sawyer5:10The Bad PlusProg8Serenade/Ouro Preto7:16Toninho HortaDurango Kid9Sno'peas6:58Dave Liebman & Phil MarkowitzManhattan Dialogues10Love In The ...read more
The relentlessly cooking and very original Live At The Jazz Factory is the third album from violinist Zach Brock's band, The Coffee Achievers, following their eponymous 2003 debut on Secret Fort and Chemistry (Secret Fort, 2005). The violin in jazz, especially that of the mainstream, can't get no respect, despite Regina Carter's 2006 MacArthur Award. Brock wishes to remedy that situation, composing and playing jazz that is mainstream by default, only because it is not avant-garde. Indeed, Orbert Davis is quoted as saying that Brock is ..."not just a violinist who plays jazz, but a jazz musician ...read more
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