Born: March 10, 1969
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.”...
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......