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Emergence

Label: Play On
Released: 2023
Track listing: After The Rain; Rolling...the wind picks up and the boats cast off for Troy;Bagatelle II; Mangled Tango;4 Mobile Structures Dedicated to Alexander Calder; Locust Grove; Again; Garden Of Eden; Wait/Not Wait; CME; Presence; POP!

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Alex Coke & Carl Michel Sextet: Emergence

Read "Emergence" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Emergence, the latest album by the Texas-based Alex Coke & Carl Michel Sextet, is by and large chamber jazz, veering often into the realms of avant-garde and free improvisation. The standard of musicianship is high, the urge to listen a second time rather less so--an opinion that must be qualified by the admission that it expresses ...

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Alex Coke & Carl Michel Sextet: Emergence

Read "Emergence" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


The Alex Coke & Carl Michel Sextet expand their sound on this album, the follow-up to their debut, The Emissary, (Play On, 2022). Their unique instrumental blend of reeds, guitar, pedal steel, vibes, harp, and bass retains its ethereal charm while also pushing forward into fresh musical territory. “Bagatelle II," by Ukrainian composer, Valentin ...

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CME

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Label: Play On
Released: 2023
Duration: 4:13

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Play On

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Label: GleAM Records
Released: 2022
Duration: 06:03

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Alex Coke & Carl Michel: The Emissary

Read "The Emissary" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


With instrumentation that includes harp, pedal steel guitar and vibraphone, this album is clearly not meant to resemble a classic jazz session. Instead, it ambitiously incorporates jazz, medieval composition and exotic folk melodies into a hypnotically beautiful set of diverse rhythms and motifs. The most austere selection is “O Pastor Animarum" by 12th century ...

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Alex Coke & Carl Michel: The Emissary

Read "The Emissary" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


While much of the world was in lockdown during 2020, saxophonist Alex Coke and harpist Elaine Barber had an idea that caught on. They decided to bring their instruments out on the driveway of the Austin, Texas home they were sheltering in and play music while waiting for their groceries to be delivered. These impromptu concerts ...

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The Emissary

Label: Play On
Released: 2021
Track listing: Arabesque; O Pastor Animarum; The Emissary; Sol y Luna; Alterations; Go Down, Old Hannah.

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Play On

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Play On; Random; Asami's Playland; Rebecca's Dance; Into The Shadows; Abe Duct; Armageddon; Something From Nothing; The Essential Passion; Visions; Lew's Loose; The Dream; Short Count

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Sol Y Luna

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Label: Play On
Released: 2021
Duration: 05:18


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