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Travis Shook

Former Sony/Columbia recording artist Travis Shook is somewhat of a jazz enigma. He has been called a “man of mystery” by JazzTimes, “pianist-in-exile” by Time Out New York, and although he has been highly praised by the likes of Tony Williams and Ahmad Jamal, remains largely unknown to the public. Shook is an acoustic jazz pianist��”one who demonstrates an unusually wide scope of feeling from the simple to the complex, the conventional to the unconventional, and from the softest, most lush ballads, to the fiercest, hard-driving jazz. “It's all the same to me,” Shook explains

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Rick Mandyck: The Return From Now

Read "Rick Mandyck: The Return From Now" reviewed by Paul Rauch

It was a cold Tuesday evening the last week of December. 2016 was mercifully coming to a close, this evening, a final chorus of a long blues blown soulfully, and mournfully into the night. I sat at the bar at Seattle's storied jazz spot, Tula's, in eager anticipation of the evening's performance of a quartet led ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Bunky Green: Urgency and Continuity

Read "Bunky Green: Urgency and Continuity" reviewed by Anil Prasad

Saxophonist Bunky Green bristles at the idea of playing by the rules. On more than one occasion, the Milwaukee, Wisconsin native was on his way to jazz stardom, but each time his principles guided him elsewhere. This is a significant reason why the highly influential musician has mostly remained unsung and out of the spotlight for ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ray Vega / Thomas Marriott: East-West Trumpet Summit

Read "East-West Trumpet Summit" reviewed by John Barron

East-West Trumpet Summit is a rollicking showcase for longtime friends Ray Vega and Thomas Marriott. Vega, a New York native and the elder of the two, has served for many years as a mentor to Seattle's Marriott. The two first met when Marriott was a student at the University of Washington in Seattle, and Vega was ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Travis Shook Meets Jazz Comeback Head on at Tula's

Travis Shook Meets Jazz Comeback Head on at Tula's

The jazz pianist Travis Shook, a curiosity to some who remember his name, a cautionary tale for others, lives in rural, upstate New York, far from the city and the place he first greeted fame. People don't recognize him much these days, and for a long time he preferred it that way. “I'm 40 and I ...

Awake

Label: Dead Horse
Released: 2007
Track listing: Awake; Touch and Go; Counterblues; Sacrifice; Leviathan; Broadway; Nothing Like You.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Travis Shook: Awake

Read "Awake" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Seven years ago pianist Travis Shook went into a recording studio and emerged three days later having laid down enough material to come away with several new releases. Awake is one of the albums produced in that three-day recording session. The album was recorded essentially as a core trio with bassist Jennifer Vincent and drummer Jaz ...


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