Travis Shook

Born: March 10, 1969    Primary Instrument: Piano

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. “I don't distinguish between different moods��”it's about nothing but the groove. That's why I put the same energy into a slow tune as a fast tune.”...
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”He has well earned the prize 'Special Discovery' . . . At 22 years, he possesses an extraordinary technique, one can also speak of his knowledge, but especially he frees himself in his playing with an exceptional intensity that he also shows in his own compositions . . . Yes this Travis Shook is a phenomenon and it is clear that they will be talking about him.” (Nord Matin, French Jazz Critic)

”Man, you're a really good player!” (Ornette Coleman)

Among the super talented, Travis Shook, who has opened the umbrella, can be an exceptional figure.” (Philippe Méziat, Jazz Mag)


“Shook turns the heat up well beyond the boiling point with pyrotechnical technique and raw energy rarely exhibited by the new breed of pianists.” (Greg Yuska, Jazz Improv's New York Jazz Guide)

“...consistently showcases Travis Shook at his best.” (Scott Yanow, All Music Guide)

'”Fresh and hot seven years out of the oven, Awake is a prime example of the adage 'good things come to those who wait.' “ (George Harris, All About Jazz)

'”A thoroughly enjoyable set of contemporary jazz, Awake captures an exceptional performance by pianist Travis Shook....” (Edward Blanco,

“...Shook is something of a mystery man.” (Thomas Conrad, JazzTimes Magazine)


“ of the hippest, driest, most elliptical versions of “Mack the Knife” on record.” (JazzTimes Magazine)

“This is an ambitious disk.... Travis Shook shows he is not afraid to try different things with some highly worked material.” (Cadence Magazine)

As a Leader

Travis Shook
Tracks: 1. Broadway; 2. Astarte; 3. Witchcraft; 4. Dewey North; 5. Little Girl, I'll Miss You; 6. Touch and Go; 7. Love for Sale; 8. My Foolish Heart.
Personnel: Travis Shook: Piano; Bunky Green: Alto Sax; Ira Coleman: Bass; Tony Williams; Drums.

Dead Horse Records
Tracks: 1. Awake; 2. Touch and Go; 3. Counterblues; 4. Sacrifice; 5. Leviathan; 6. Broadway; 7. Nothing Like You.
Personnel: Travis Shook: Piano; Kebbi Williams: Tenor Sax; Ron Westray: Trombone; Jennifer Vincent: Bass; Jaz Sawyer: Drums, Percussion; Veronica Nunn: Vocal (track 7).

Travis Shook Plays Kurt Weill
Dead Horse Records
1. Lost In The Stars; 2. My Ship; 3. September Song; 4. Alabama Song; 5. Lonely House; 6. Mack The Knife; 7. Lost In The Stars (Reprise).
Personnel: Travis Shook: Piano; Kebbi Williams: Tenor Sax; Ron Westray: Trombone; Veronica Nunn: Vocal; Jennifer Vincent: Bass; Jaz Sawyer: Drums.

As A Side Musician

American Jungle
Sonny Simmons
Warner Bros / Wea
Tracks: 1. Land Of The Freaks; 2. Black, Blue & Purple (For The Great Lord Alain); 3. Coltrane Story; 4. My Favorite Things; 5. American Jungle Theme.
Personnel: Sonny Simmons: Alto Sax; Travis Shook: Piano; Reggie Workman: Bass; Cindy Blackman: Drums.

Standard Delivery
Veronica Nunn
Dead Horse Records
Tracks: 1. If I Had You; 2. Surrey With the Fringe on Top; 3. I Love You for Sentimental Reasons; 4. A Foggy Day; 5. I've Grown Accustomed to His Face; 6. One Note Samba; 7. I Can't Give You Anything But Love; 8. More Than You Know; 9. Thou Swell; 10. I Hadn't Anyone Till You; 11. I'm Old Fashioned; 12. Where or When; 13. That's All; 14. Honeysuckle Rose.
Personnel: Veronica Nunn: Vocal; Travis Shook: Piano; Jennifer Vincent: Bass; Jaz Sawyer: Drums, Percussion.

American Lullaby
Veronica Nunn
Dead Horse Records
Tracks: 1. Medley For Jordan - American Lullaby/Not While I'm Around; 2. Don't Be Blue; 3. This Joy; 4. I Loves You Porgy; 5. Living Room; 6. You Know You're In Love; 7. Green Finch & Linnet Bird; 8. The Meaning Of The Blues; 9. On A Wonderful Day Like Today; 10. It Might As Well Be Spring.
Personnel: Veronica Nunn: Vocal; Travis Shook: Piano; Kebbi Williams: Tenor Sax; Ron Westray: Trombone; Jennifer Vincent: Bass; Jaz Sawyer: Drums, Percussion.

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