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BK Trio


BK Trio – “Hit It” Self-Released


Born in Arlington, VA Brian Kooken was introduced to the guitar at age eleven by his Father. Formal studies followed, the culmination of which was the Prince Georges Community College in Largo, MD and finally receiving a BA in Jazz from Towson University. His latest release, “Hit IT,” features Kooken on guitar, Robert Shahid on drums, and one of my favorite instruments, the Hammond B3 organ played by Greg Hatza. This is a work of traditional jazz no doubt, but much of it is something I also enjoy, pretty much an upbeat tempo. Toe tapping is allowed. All three instruments work well together, and it actually sounds “larger” than a set of compositions with three musicians. Overall, Kooken’s guitar work is positively stellar. He is not, however, overbearing as each musician has the chance to display their individual talents throughout the entire work. This is a work by a trio no doubt, but it doesn’t sound like one. It sounds bigger, better, faster, and more enjoyable.

Overall: 8

Sonics: 8

Kari Gaffney

Kari Gaffney

Since 1988 Kari-On Productions has helped artists get an even footing in the industry through jazz promotion in the genres of Jazz, World & Latin Jazz through Jazz Radio and Publicity. Why do we do both, because they compliment each other, and we care about fiscal longevity for the artist.

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