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by Zach Brock and The Coffee Achievers

Described as "soaring-intense- remarkable… Jean-Luc Ponty meets Chuck Palahniuk in “Fight Club”, Brock is building a reputation as a consummate technician willing to take chances without abandoning musicality… classic jazz with one eye on the fringes.
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1. Cold Turkey
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2. This Is Just
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3. 1 a.m. Gate
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6:51 $0.99
4. Unchosen
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4:50 $0.99
5. Remember Young Ray
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3:21 $0.99
6. Playa Blanca
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6:32 $0.99
7. I Can't Help Myself
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7:14 $0.99
8. In Thoughts And Dreams
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8:33 $0.99
9. Almost Never Was
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Album Notes
Violinist ZACH BROCK & Band Perform at the
2006 Tudo é Jazz Festival in Brazil
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BROCK Performs in Alice Coltrane’s “Translinear Light” Concert
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BROCK Featured on Sundance-Sponsored Black Gold Soundtrack
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BROCK Awarded ’05 Carnegie Hall Residency

Zach Brock has been described by critically acclaimed trumpeter, educator, and composer Orbert Davis as "not just a violinist who plays jazz, but a jazz musician who happens to play the violin". Zach's artistry, both as a performer and composer, places him in the company of today's leading young jazz innovators.

On September 23, 2006, Brock and his long-time band, The Coffee Achievers, performed at the 2006 Tudo é Jazz Festival in Ouro Preto, Brazil, as part of an impressive roster of international jazz artists that included Dave Holland, Kurt Elling, Jason Moran, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and Toninho Horta. Playing all-original material from their 2005 release Chemistry, as well as material from their debut release, Zach Brock & The Coffee Achievers, the bi-coastal band was received with an enthusiastic ovation. Brock formed The Coffee Achievers in 2002 after meeting keyboardist Sam Barsh and bassist Matt Wigton at Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead residency at the Kennedy Center. Their debut CD attracted major attention both in the jazz world and on the college scene. In April 2005, they were invited by Dave Douglas to perform as part of his small group residency at New York’s legendary Carnegie Hall.

In January 2006, Brock recorded for the exciting new independent documentary "Black Gold". Written and directed by brothers Nick and Marc Francis, with a musical score composed by Andreas Kapsalis, the film premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival and will be released nationally in the fall. Zach and his group performed for the film’s closing night celebration after it’s inclusion in the New York International Human Rights Film Festival at Lincoln Center in June 2006.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: As a child, Brock performed music with his classically trained parents and later left his hometown of Lexington, Kentucky to attend college in Chicago. After performing at the 1997 IAJE conference held in Chicago, Brock began appearing regularly with an exciting young group, Spazztet. In 2000, the NEA and Smithsonian Institution honored Brock with a grant to create a concert/lecture showcase to illuminate contributions of early American jazz violin pioneers. A pioneer himself, Brock was a featured guest soloist with the Chicago Jazz Ensemble in 2001, and performed with Mose Allison, Patricia Barber, Kurt Elling, Brad Turner and Chris Potter soon thereafter. Since his move to Brooklyn, NY in the spring of 2006, Brock continues to lead his own projects and to collaborate with artists such as Alice and Ravi Coltrane, Charlie Haden, Reggie Workman, Charlie Haden, and Jack DeJohnette.



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Krystle Beauchamp

I dare you to take Chemistry out of your CD player.
I definitely enjoyed Chemistry. After stumbling onto In Thoughts And Dreams, I had to hear the rest of it. Almost Never Was is my personal favorite...the stylings of Zack Brock on that one are sultry and soulful, and being a Louisiana native, I felt as if I were on the bayou. The CD is just classy, and I have yet to take it out of the CD player--except to upload it to my iPod. Definitely check this one out. I do wish that the CD was longer, though!

Chris Morano

Zach Brock, definitely!!!
Okay - I have not heard the album but am buying it tonight – literally JUST discovered it!! If you have never heard Mr. Brock you are in for a treat and a shock!! I met him a year ago in Chicago when he worked with a singer named Spider Saloff - you have no idea how blessed this man is - TOTALLY different that what you may think IS jazz violin (Venuti, etc.) and BRILLIANT! AND...such a nice guy! BUY this album NOW before you cannot afford it...or him...I'm getting mine NOW!!
Chris Morano, San Francisco

Jennifer Stephens

Grabs your attention
I heard "Unchosen" on the local college radio station twice in one day recently and was intrigued by the number of instruments playing what seemed to be a simple melody over and over, each time winding around just a bit differently. There was something wistful about the tune, something that grabbed my attention and would not let go until I tracked it down that night and ordered it. I never thought of violins as a jazz instrument, but it works. It simply works.