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Alex Coke's "Its Possible"

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It's Possible is a CD of duos and trios featuring Alex Coke on flute, bass flute, piccolo, tenor sax, khaen, and toys, with Tina Marsh, voice, toys and Steve Feld, ashiwa bass box, and toys.

Alex is an original member of Austin's Creative Opportunity Orchestra, and Tina its vocalist and Artistic Director. They have collaborated in the large group setting with CO2 for many years, and have also recorded in smaller groups formats, most recently as New Texas Swing.

Here they are heard for the first time in intimate duos on classic tunes like Ornette Coleman's Lonely Woman, Harry T. Burleigh's spiritual Deep River, and Charles Mingus'‚ Eclipse.



The CD also features Alex playing duos with Steve Feld, who performs on a West African bass mbira called ashiwa. In addition to the duos with Tina and Steve, there are several trio pieces, some involving innovative studio techniques, recordings of improvisations to playback of ambient tracks, like African frogs, a Japanese water zither, rainforest birds, and the tolling of the World Peace Bell.

A special feature is a suite of four pieces dedicated to the late soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, an inspiring friend and model of integrity in the arena of musical improvisation and collaboration. Its Possible also includes three new compositions by Alex Coke.

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