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by James Nichols
The Industrial Jazz Group has many things going for it. They have gutsy soloists that can intimate both Coleman Hawkins and Eric Dolphy in the same solo. Also, the band includes a very promising tunesmith in pianist Andrew Durkin. They demonstrate marvelous versatility as well, making references to Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus, Cannonball Adderley, and many others. Finally, they can play very tight arrangements comfortably. The enigmatic name (considering there is nothing industrial or hardcore about this group) may pique ...read more
by AAJ Staff
Perhaps this disc aims for high irony or some kind of inside joke, but the group is anything but industrial" and their music defies any definition of hard core." One might perhaps expect machine-like coordination or loud thrusting noise, but this quintet led by Andrew Durkin sticks to the open space of improvisation around (often) arranged accompaniment. The pieces span a reasonable variety of styles, with a generally upbeat and swinging feel. Occasional electronic tinkering adds an aura of mystique, ...read more