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Through The Years

by Alex Coke/Worthy Constituents

This is swinging post-bop 5tet music featuring lots of original tunes.
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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1. The Flame Is Still Alive/Jake's Blues
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10:22 album only
2. Gotta Admit
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4:04 album only
3. Habbukah
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10:50 album only
4. Dukish
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6:00 album only
5. Bundle's Waltz
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11:48 album only
6. Dumplins
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7:56 album only
7. My Romance
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11:06 album only
8. Through The Years
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9:08 album only
9. Walt's Waltz
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Album Notes
Through the Years: Alex Coke/The Worthy Constituents (CreOp Muse 009), chronicles saxophonist/flutist Coke and his Constituents via recordings made from 1988 to 2001.
Coke's constituents through the years appearing on the CD include composer and piano virtuoso Rich Harney, Martin Banks on trumpet, bassists Jeff
Haley, David Morgan, Edwin Livingston and Arjen Gorter, and drummers
A.D. Mannion and Steve Schwelling. The cd is dedicated to A.D. Mannion,
jazz drummer extraordinaire, who died in 2000.

Alex Coke, born in Dallas, Texas, received his B.A. from the University Of
Colorado at Boulder in 1976, with emphasis on flute performance. In 1974 Coke and Harney met through a mutual friend, bassist, Stone Savage. They immediatley started playing and working together, forming one of the steadiest collaborations in central Texas. Coke has performed with Rich Harney in various formations for over 25 years. Before moving to Amsterdam in the early '90's he received several local awards including:

1990 Best Saxophonist, Music City Critics Poll/Austin Texas

1990 Best Jazz Bands Music City Critics Poll/Austin Texas (Countenance #1, and Worthy Constituents #3) both with Rich Harney.

1990 Best Unsigned Bands Musician Magazine (Countenance, and Worthy
Constituents) With Rich Harney

1988-1989 Best Jazz Band, Austin Chronicle Music Awards (Chris Duarte and


2002 appointed to the wage/scale committee of the Austin Federation of Musicians Local 433.

1989-1991 Music Peer Panel, City of Austin Cultural Contracts (Chairman

1987-1993 Steering Commitee, Creative Opportunity Orchestra

1978-current Member, Austin Federation of Musicians

1978-current Member, BMI 1993-current Member, SENA

1996-current Member, BIM

From 1990-2000 he toured and recorded with the internationally renowned Dutch
jazz group, the Willem Breuker Kollektief. An improvisor at heart, Coke's
eclectic attitude has led him to explore everything from Be-Bop to Huddie
Ledbetter. His flute studies have ranged from Eric Dolphy to Indian ragas on the
bamboo flute to extended flute techniques such as those researched by Robert
Dick, Ann LaBerge and Wil Offermans. Coke's multifarious bands include New
Texas Swing, and his post-bop quintet, The Worthy Constituents, a collaboration
with longtime partner, pianist Rich Harney and the late Martin Banks on trumpet.
Coke and Harney have recently released a new cd of spirituals called "Soul
Prayers" on the Aardvark lable.


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Pure Jazz Pleasure
Ever wonder what things would be like in a perfect world?
One thing i know for sure is that this CD would have to be part of the soundtrack...these musicians
bring history and clarity to the music; creativity and power in the delivery and an amazing prescence to it all . The language of mainland jazz is spoken here and with these live recorded dates, you are there, and there is no question about it being the right place to be.
The compositions are original ( with the exception of the title cut by Clifford Jordan and a beautiful rendition of Rogers and Hart's My Romance)and yet are so timeless you might wonder how the musical continuum ever made it along its way without them...
Do yourself a big favour and buy this CD.It will never go out of style and will continue to be a source of pleasure to your listening ears forever more...