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San Francisco, CA; Black Hat Records is proud to announce it’s fourth release: an indefinite suspension of the possible (Black Hat Records BH-1004) by Cooke Quintet.

Cooke Quintet is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and draws upon the inspiration and creative energy of multi-cultural and diverse music from around the world and from inside and outside the American and European jazz and avant-garde traditions. CQ's approach to acoustic jazz allows for a new freedom of emotional expression. Combining solid grooves with bursts of energy and sound, Cooke Quintet's music reminds a listener of the work of contemporaries such as Ken Vandermark, Ken Simon, or Elliot Levin. The instrumentation of CQ, however, presents a fresh twist on the classic jazz quintet - woodwinds, trombone, cello, koto and percussion can be heard interacting here. Additionally, modern forms for improvisation, such as circle music and pan-rhythmic pulse signatures, are center points for spontaneous inventions. Together, these five musicians collaborate in ways that might best and simply be described as "improvised group music."

Alex Kelly returns on cello for this new title, and new drummer Timothy Orr stirs up a provocative concoction of rhythmic suggestions and allusions. Two other new members of the group, Shoko Hikage on koto and Jen Baker on trombone, add an indispensable flavor and shading to the proceedings. Multi-instrumentalist Michael Cooke heads up the ensemble as both leader and composer. The members of the Cooke Quintet have worked with various contemporary music standouts such as ROVA, Cecil Taylor, Fred Frith, Ed Blackwell, Marco Eneidi, Damon Smith, Pauline Oliveros, Joan Jeanreaud and Paul Dresher.

What sets "an indefinite suspension of the possible" apart from a number of jazz albums on the market today is the variety of styles and techniques employed to make this music. "Love at Twilight" references Tuvan and Indian music influences, "Ha Me'aggel" uses a blended Klezmer scale, "N 36 7.46' W 121 38.35'" and "Loss" synthesize post-modern efforts in subjectivity. "Harmonic Rebellion" is a high-energy improvisation that combines both multiphonic and harmonic releases. Another high-energy work, "Hard 8," steers closest to traditional jazz, while "Chain of Existence," a multi-section composition, encapsulates the outward-looking feel of the entire CD.

Like our other titles, Searching, Statements, and The Is, an indefinite suspension of the possible explores new paths to create our music. Our titles are distributed by North Country Distribution (Cadence Building, Redwood, New York 13679), and are available on iTunes. Black Hat Records hopes you will enjoy our new release.


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  • Artist / Group Name: Cooke Quintet
  • Press Release Date: 2/1/2007
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