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16 January 2004

Zach Brock and the Coffee Achievers, Zach Brock and the Coffee Achievers (Secret Fort)
He's young, he's hip, he plays violin in his own post-bop jazz group! Okay, so one of these things doesn't sound like it belongs. But if you like post-bop jazz, and there's no real reason why you shouldn't, you will like this disc. Brock is a hard-working soloist who whips from rock-guitar-like scraping to fiddlin' (especially on the opener, "Now I Know") without drawing much of a distinction. His songs sound better when they're uptempo; closing ballad "Mister Shaw" is too gooey to register, and "Turn" is a cute waltz that gets too cute as it progresses. But watch him -- this is just his first record, and it's pretty good.
      — Matt Cibula

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