I Wish I Knew
  • Chris Cheek
    Chris Cheek
  • Kurt Rosenwinkel
    Kurt Rosenwinkel
  • Chris Higgins
    Chris Higgins
  • Jorge Rossy
    Jorge Rossy

Chris Cheek

I Wish I Knew

Fresh Sound New Talent

Chris Cheek (ts), Kurt Rosenwinkel (g), Chris Higgins (b), Jorge Rossy (d)

Reference: FSNT-022

Bar code: 8427328420228

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Chris Cheek currently resides in Brooklyn. An active member the New York jazz scene, he is a regular member of the Paul Motian's Electric Be Bop Band, and co-leader of the Bloom Daddies band with his fellow saxophonist Seamus Blake. Chris Cheek is part of the generation of tenor players influenced by Joe Lovano's dark sound. This CD showcases his improvisational talents, featuring some jazzmen of a new generation called to make history. The amazing guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel along with bassist Chris Higgins and drummer giant Jorge Rossy.

01. I Wish I Knew (Warren-Gordon) 6:57
02. At Long Last Love (Cole Porter) 5:56
03. Skylark (Carmichael-Mercer) 6:18
04. Stairway To The Stars (Malneck-Signorelli-Parish) 7:50
05. I'll Be Seeing You (Fain-Kahal) 6:09
06. Garden Floor (Chris Cheek) 6:13
07. Time Remember (Bill Evans) 5:30
08. I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire (Seiler-Marcus-Benjamin-Durham) 4:47
09. What'll I Do (Irving Berlin) 2:42

Album details

Chris Cheek (tenor sax), Kurt Rosenwinkel (guitar), Chris Higgins (bass), Jorge Rossy (drums).
Recorded in Brooklyn, New York, October, 1996 and January, 1997

Cover art by Ana Golobart

Produced and recorded by Chris Cheek
Executive producer: Jordi Pujol
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas S.L.

Press reviews

4**** by All Music Guide

"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."

—Scott Yanow (All Music Guide)


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