Zach Brock
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Zach Brock

New York City, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2004 | INDIE | AFM

New York City, New York, United States | INDIE | AFM
Established on Jan, 2004
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"Zach Brock offers fresh take on past at Green Mill"

By Howard Reich | TRIBUNE CRITIC

Top-notch young jazz violinists are not in abundance these days, which may explain why so many listeners queued up outside the Green Mill on Saturday night.

What Brock's admirers heard Saturday night...was something different from the past. Presenting the Chicago debut of a splendid sextet he calls Arrival/Departure, Brock explored the little-known music of Zbigniew Seifert, the visionary Polish violinist who died tragically young, at 32, in 1979...

But this is no ghost band or repertory outfit. Rather then simply revisit Seifert's music, Brock and friends are re-examining it according to their own tastes and sensibilities.

After playing a rhapsodic opening solo, Brock unreeled Seifert's serpentine tune in exquisite unison with singer Grazyna Auguscik and guitarist John McLean. - Chicago Tribune

"Meet the great bright hope for jazz violin"

By Howard Reich | TRIBUNE CRITIC
Great jazz violinists always have been in perilously short supply, which may explain why many listeners have been investing their hopes in the work of Zach Brock.

Brock’s art...combines the technical rigor of his classical training with the spirit of experimentation...

Brock has combined the best of two worlds: instrumental virtuosity and creative improvisation. More important, he has done so on the violin, an instrument that historically has been marginalized in jazz.

Brock’s emergence holds great promise. Having appeared on nearly two dozen CDs as leader and sideman, he appears poised for a stylistically wide-ranging career. - Chicago Tribune

"Reviews and Picks"

It's hard to pin down violinist Zach Brock and his band The Coffee Achievers on their second album Chemistry; the CD starts out with a fusion track, “Cold Turkey,” complete with rapid speaker-to-speaker panning and electric violin with distortion, but switches to the album’s only vocal track with lyrics, “This Is Just,” with singer Melissa Stylianou. But it’s that variety, and the strength of compositions by Brock, keyboardist Sam Barsh (featured on the Avishai Cohen album reviewed above), and bassist Matt Wigton, that make this so enjoyable to listen to from end-to-end. That variety also means that there’s a track or two – at least – for almost any mainstream jazz station, whether it’s the contemporary funky feel of “1 A.M. Gate”, the pretty interplay of cello, violin, and vocals on “Playa Blanca,” or the frantic, dual electric violins on “Remember Young Ray.” Chemistry should appeal to younger listeners as well as those in your older core audience who remember some of the more electric sounds of the seventies. – Ed Trefzger - Jazz Week

"Zach Brock and the Coffee Achievers,"

Add Chicagoan Brock to the small list of players finding ways to bridge the potentially hazardous chasm between the violin and jazz. On tunes such as "This Is Just" and "Playa Blanca", which also incorporate the airy singing of Melissa Stylianou into the layered musical mix, he plays with a warm tone and occasional double stops reminiscent of Stephane Grappelli. Elsewhere, "Remember Young Ray" is a good example, he swiftly leaps into a swirling morass of fleet-fingered phrases simmering with electronic distortion sounds à la Jean-Luc Ponty. Recently awarded a Carnegie Hall residency, Brock is an intriguing young artist with a bright future. – Don Heckman - Los Angeles Times

"Critic's Choice"

On "Chemistry", Brock speeds past the mainstream modernism that distinguished his band's self-titled 2003 debut; he and his bandmates occasionally ramp up the electronics to approximate the sound that Jean-Luc Ponty and Michael Urbaniak pioneered in the 70s, while wordless vocals from guest singer Melissa Stylianou further separate the album from it's predecessor. – Neil Tesser - Chicago Reader

"Brock’s electric violin work is soaring-intense-remarkable"

Brock’s electric violin work is soaring-intense-remarkable…Jean-Luc Ponty meets Chuck Palahniuk in “Fight Club.” Chemistry is good enough for the long haul, one of many inclusions in a brightening career.

- Dick Crockett, "Still Another Jazz Show", 88.7FM

"All-stars gather for stellar string ensemble"

In recent years, violinist Zachary Brock has emerged as one of the city's most promising young players, and his work in the Electric String Ensemble underscored the point. His silken lines, high-register yowls and consistently inventive phrase-making reaffirmed his rising stature as the rare jazz fiddler with something significant to say. - Howard Reich - Chicago Tribune

"Starting to turn heads in the world of jazz"

Violinist Zach Brock is starting to turn heads in the world of jazz, building a reputation as a consummate technician willing to take chances without abandoning musicality…classic American jazz with one eye on the fringes. - The Courier-Journal

"Other Dimensions"

The Chicago violinist plays with easy virtuosity based in swing and post-bop. His compositions groove in a way that recalls a gypsy swing version of Charlie Hunter, which is a tribute to the strong support cast on keyboards, bass, and drums who take the tunes out and work through them. But it all eventually comes back to Brock's violin - pulling lilting emotions, making the strings pop, and generally giving it his all, the young violinist won't strictly be a Chicago treasure for long. - Tad Hendrickson - College Music Journal

"Critical Comment"

Those who have waited for a young jazz violinist to mold the genre of giants Stephane Grappelli, Johnny Frigo, and Jean Luc-Ponty are thrilled about this recording by Zach Brock. Mr. Brock can play lyrically in the light nostalgic manner of the gypsy violinists, or add effects to shape a violin solo with the authority of a rock guitarist. On Chemistry, Zach proves himself as composer, improviser and producer. With a fiercely charismatic presence onstage, Zach is the one on whom to place your bets in jazz. - Patricia Barber


Zach Brock
"The Magic Number"
2011 Secret Fort Records
Release Date: March 24, 2011

Zach Brock
"Trio EP"
2010 Secret Fort Records

Zach Brock & The Coffee Achievers
"Live at the Jazz Factory"
2007 Secret Fort Records

Zach Brock & The Coffee Achievers
2005 Secret Fort Records

Zach Brock
"Zach Brock & The Coffee Achievers"
2003 Secret Fort Records



One of the most virtuosic and emotive voices of contemporary jazz violin, Zach Brock has followed a path which embraces not only jazz, but also classical, world, and popular music. From critical acclaim as a bandleader to international exposure in collaborations with Stanley Clarke, Grazyna Auguscik, and Frank Vignola, Zach continues to gain admiration from both jazz purists and music enthusiasts alike. Zach’s repertoire includes re-workings of songs by Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, Phil Markowitz, and Zbigniew Seifert, in addition to an evolving catalogue of his own compositions. His latest CD The Magic Number, with bassist Matt Wigton and drummer Fred Kennedy, offers a telling glimpse of why Zach is being heralded as “the great bright hope for jazz violin.”

Born in Lexington, KY in 1974, Brock grew up in a family of musicians and was performing publicly by the age of six. He became serious about jazz while in high school and moved to Chicago to continue his classical studies with the ulterior motive of participating in the city’s jazz scene. As a sophomore in college, Brock was in a serious car accident that sidelined him for three years. By the time he was able to finish his degree, Brock had already launched headlong into his professional career.

In 2005 The Coffee Achievers, Brock’s first quartet, made their Carnegie Hall debut at the invitation of trumpeter and composer Dave Douglas. Six months later they played at the Ouro Preto Jazz Festival in Brazil. Zach moved to New York a few months later and the second chapter of his early career began.

The Magic Number, Zach’s first recording as leader since 2007, distinguishes itself immediately through its unusual instrumentation: an acoustic trio that counterbalances the absence of a chordal instrument with the addition of wordless vocal harmonies, pitched percussion, and extended instrumental techniques. It is the first recording of Zach’s to feature his own compositions alongside classic and modern jazz standards and it was funded entirely by fans’ donations made through the micro-funding website Kickstarter. The title of the CD was inspired by Zach’s recent work as a sideman with the iconic Bob Dorough, a Miles Davis collaborator and Schoolhouse Rock! originator. The trio made their international debut at the 2010 Toronto Jazz Festival.

Zach Brock also performs and tours with a diverse roster of artists that includes Stanley Clarke, Bob Dorough, Frank Vignola, Snarky Puppy, and the gypsy-punk band Mad Juana.