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Chris Cheek: Saturday Songs

Read "Saturday Songs" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The idea that jazz has to renew itself sometimes results in rather pretentious and purely intellectual experiments with form, but it is possible to play inventive and intellectually stimulating music without losing a sense of fun and inclusive curiosity. Saxophonist Chris Cheek is the proof. Cheek comes with a refreshingly unprejudiced approach to music and this is evident on his long-awaited follow- up to his previous album as a leader, Blues Cruise, (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2006). ...

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Chris Cheek: Saturday Songs

Read "Saturday Songs" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Sometimes, combining seriousness of intent and high musicianship with pure fun is just the thing one needs, and is exemplified by Saturday Songs from tenor saxophonist Chris Cheek. Cheek does not make a lot records as a leader (see Blues Cruise from 2006), but is on literally scores of albums as a sideman (see Paul Motian's Garden of Eden from 2006 and Chris Lightcap's Epicenter from 2015), or his own discography, which is not completely up to date. ...

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Chris Cheek / Victor Prieto: Rollo Coaster

Read "Rollo Coaster" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

While all musical settings present different challenges to those involved, duo recordings can often be the hardest to manage well. Repetitive textural elements, characteristic of the instruments on hand, can create a certain similarity across all tracks. Some musicians fall prey to wandering free improvisation, finding various degrees of success or failure, as they try to navigate these waters and avoid unpleasant encounters with the only other musical voice on the map. Thankfully, that is not the case with saxophonist ...

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Chris Cheek / Victor Prieto: Rollo-Coaster

Read "Rollo-Coaster" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

An odd couple of sorts, this union between accordion and saxophone is at once curious but proves a match made in heaven with Chris Cheek and Victor Prieto's collaborative release Rollo-Coaster. With great aplomb, they cover a wide scope of music from Tango to improvisational stints and other influences. Prieto, originally from Galicia, Spain, is fast becoming one of the premier accordionists in jazz, providing mastery and flair to recordings with singers Beat Kaestli and Tessa Souter, ...

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Chris Cheek: Coral; Orquestra Jazz do Matinhos Invites Chris Cheek

Read "Chris Cheek: Coral; Orquestra Jazz do Matinhos Invites Chris Cheek" reviewed by Donald Elfman

Nikolaj Hess/Jens Skou Olsen/Gregory Hutchinson/Cheek Chris Coral Rainbow-Exlibris 2007 Orchestra Jazz de Matosinhos Invites Chris Cheek Fresh Sound-New Talent 2007

Just when you thought that the vocabulary and sound of a piano trio were spent, along comes an inventive group of musicians offering a fresh approach to some rather intriguing old ...

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Chris Cheek: Blues Cruise

Read "Blues Cruise" reviewed by Paul Olson

Saxophonist Chris Cheek is such a hardworking New York sideman that it's understandable that he hasn't been recording prolifically as a leader. Still, his last CD, Vine, appeared in 1999, so his new quartet set, Blues Cruise, is his first release in six years.The long hiatus certainly seems not to have produced any sense of anxiety or hurry, however. If Blues Cruise stands out from the current crop of recordings from the NYC saxophone crowd, it's due to its lack ...

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Chris Cheek: Blues Cruise

Read "Blues Cruise" reviewed by Matt Merewitz

Even though he has turned in one stunning performance after another on albums by Paul Motian's Electric Bebop Band, Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra, Guillermo Klein's Los Gauchos and various lesser-known, though equally interesting ensembles, Chris Cheek is still a lurker.

Your only good chance of seeing this reedman live is in New York or on the other side of the pond, where he makes frequent tours. The problem has nothing to do with Cheek's playing. It's the ...


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