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New Recording From The Alex Coke & Carl Michel Sextet, “Emergence”



A new recording by the Alex Coke-Carl Michel Sextet reunites a stellar lineup of Austin, Texas musicians.

Emergence reunites the ensemble of Alex Coke (tenor and flute), Carl Michel (guitar), Elaine Barber (concert harp), Bob Hoffnar (pedal steel guitar), Carolyn Trowbridge (vibes) and James Suter (bass). Emergence reveals a fusion of jazz, classical, and folk genres along with thoughtful free improvisation and atmospheric explorations— moving beyond the group’s October 2021 release entitled Emissary.

Alex Coke – tenor sax & flutes, Carl Michel – guitar, Elaine Barber – concert harp, Bob Hoffnar – pedal steel, James Suter – bass, Carolyn Trowbridge – vibes

Coke and Michel have played together for decades and are considered two of the finest creative jazz musicians in Austin. The sextet was formed during the recent pandemic when Coke and Barber initiated a series of outdoor concerts that brought together numerous talented local musicians to perform free concerts for the community.

Guitarist Carl Michel

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