I Wish I Knew (with Jorge Rossy, Kurt Rosenwinkel & Chris Higgins)
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||I Wish I Knew||Chris Cheek||7:00||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||At Long Last Love||Chris Cheek||5:59||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Skylark||Chris Cheek||6:21||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Stairway to the Stars||Chris Cheek||7:53||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||I'll Be Seeing You||Chris Cheek||6:12||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Garden Floor||Chris Cheek||6:16||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Time Remember||Chris Cheek||5:32||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||I Don't Want to Set the World On Fire||Chris Cheek||4:49||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||What'll I Do||Chris Cheek||2:44||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
It has long been said that one can tell a mature jazz musician from an up-and-coming one in the way they handle ballads. Most younger players have a tendency to play too many notes with excessive energy, often filling in all the spaces during the slower tempos. Chris Cheek, who judging by the photo on his CD cover is in his 20s or early 30s, is a major exception. Teamed up with guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, bassist Chris Higgins and drummer Jordi Rossy in a pianoless quartet, Cheek mostly performs the standards-oriented program at slow speeds and he is not shy of letting his notes ring. Often sounding a bit like Stan Getz, Cheek draws out plenty of emotion from such songs as "I Wish I Knew," "Skylark" and "Stairway to the Stars." While guitarist Rosenwinkel (who has a cool tone but a modern style) provides most of the fire on the ballads, Cheek comes across on a medium-tempo "I'll Be Seeing You" with some advanced melodic improvising a la Warne Marsh. He shows the most individuality on his original "Garden Floor" and Bill Evans' "Time Remembered," closing off the date with an achingly emotional yet restrained version of "What'll I Do." This easily recommended CD was released in 1997 as part of the Spanish Fresh Sound label's "New Talent" series.
Born: 16 September 1968 in St. Louis, MO
Years Active: '90s, '00s