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by Alec Haavik

Jazz with a Rock edge: Steve Lacy meets Devo, Dewey Redman meets Led Zeppelin, John Coltrane meets The Police.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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1. Make It Happen
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2. Ebay
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3. Cold Rainy Night
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4. Hermeto
6:36 $0.99
5. Life of Leisure
7:48 $0.99
6. Walking on the Moon / Giant Steps
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7. Beta Tester
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8. Freezer Burn
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Album Notes
Alec Haavik (Tenor and Soprano Saxophone) presents a set of original compositions which meld the gritty sounds of rock-and-roll with improvisational jazz. The band includes some of the most fiercely original voices on the scene in New York City. Check out the opening track, "Make It Happen," which moves from 80's pop to polytonal reggae to Miles Davis 70's fusion to Devo-style New Wave. The next track, "Ebay," was inspired by both Jimi Hendrix's "The Wind Cries Mary" and the atonal music of 20th Century composer, Anton Von Webern. Rounding out the experience is a pair of cover tunes: "Life of Leisure" (Luscious Jackson) and a medley of "Walking on the Moon" (The Police) and "Giant Steps" (John Coltrane). There's still more musical surprises, brought to life by these astounding players.

Find out for yourself why Alec Haavik Rocks!!!


Alec Haavik - Tenor and Soprano Saxophone
Khabu Doug Young - Guitar
Scott DuBois - Guitar
Bob Sabin - Bass
Take Toriyama - Drums

And Featuring:
Jeremy Wilms - Guitar (tracks 1, 2, 5 & 6)
Reynaldo De Jesus - Congas, Guiro, Maracas (Tracks 1 & 4)



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Haavik’s compositions and improvisational playing are stellar. I hear lots of bits of things in Haavik’s Rocks, including John Lurie, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Branford Marsalis, MMW, Spyro Gyra, Frank Zappa, and ‘80s-era King Crimson, as well as Haavik’s cited influences. The playing is impeccable, creative, and unique. Your enjoyment of this CD will likely increase with each subsequent listen.

M Ingardia

Alec Haavik really does rock!
I'm no connoisseur of Jazz, but I loved this CD. Looking forward to the next one he puts out.


That's some funky horn playing
Great stuff -- seriously funky rhythms and tight arrangements. I really enjoyed this album!


Adventurous and interesting to listen to...
Amongst the endless array of CDs I received this Christmas, Alec
Haavik ROCKS is certainly the most adventurous and interesting to listen to.  When I'm not dancing to the Grateful Dead, or headbanging to my new Black Sabbath CD, I'm chilling out and groovin' to this CD. And, I must say, Mr. Haavik truly does rock.  I love his combination of the late 50s Coltrane-era sound with the more modern sounds similar to the Chick Corea Elektrik Band or Al Dimeola.

Juan E. Toe

Holy toledo, this album kicks butt. Not only is every song incredibly creative both in composition & improv, but the artists never get overly conscious of themselves or rehearsed-sounding. I'm especially fond of their rendition of "Life of Leisure".