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Travis Shook

Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: March 10, 1969    

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)

REVIEWS FOR AWAKE

“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, AllAboutJazz.com)

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

REVIEWS FOR TRAVIS SHOOK PLAYS KURT WEILL

“...one 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)

  • Awake

    Dead Horse
    2007

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