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Andrew Durkin and the Industrial Jazz Group release a circus of musical styles on Industrial Jazz A Go Go!, with soloists flying through fiery hoops, arrangements making death-defying leaps, and Durkin himself flooring the clown car. They cover so much musical material, sometimes within a single piece, that they threaten to appeal to everyone. Yet despite bringing doo-wop, R&B, rock, blues, classical, country, free improv and jazz into coherent collision, these are not Frankentunes. Durkin's arranging expertise creates such a seamless flow that you'll be checking track numbers to make sure you are where you think you are. Another all-star lineup of firebreathers gather to realize these charts, including Jason Mears, Kris Tiner, Robert Jacobson and Cory Wright.
Durkin's doo-wop piano bass line sets the mood for "Doo-Wha? , inserting expansive modulations within the first minute. Shaunte Palmer's trombone initiates a cyclical groove that rolls its own. A fiery trumpet solo terminates in a fanfare series that kicks the gear and becomes a beautifully raw tenor trio rave-up. Staggered horns, blues scoring and individually voiced chords swirl through "Elmore Was Here, until they coalesce into Hell's own boogie. "Bandoleero, Part One takes an affectionate tour of Tiajuana, a fine soprano sax solo appearing along the way. Barely a postscript, "Bandoleero, Part Two retains a Latin flavor, but with greater harmonic liberties.
A swaggering baritone opens Truth and the Abstract Blues, and after a long loping vamp with blazing alto, the ensemble turns funky and the baritone starts preaching. "Cannon Indie presents a brief horns-only madrigal, then Durkin's strident piano bass returns us south of the border for "El Grupo De Jazz Industriale. "Baby, Shake That Thing blows a jumped-up gospel riff into a stately blue section that dissolves into Bobby Blue Bland land. A brisk alto trio blows the structure skyward.
Industrial Jazz A Go Go invites the listener along on an affectionate trip through several genres, each rendered with skill, love, and more than a little mischievousness.
Track Listing: Doo Wha?; Elmore Was Here; Bandoleero, Part One; Bandoleero, Part Two; The Truth and
the Abstract Blues; Cannon Indie; El Grupo De Jazz Industriale; Baby, Shake That Thing.
Personnel: Andrew Durkin: piano, compositions, percussion; Aaron Kohen: bass; Joe Berardi: drums;
Damon Zick: saxophones; Cory Wright: saxophones; Jason Mears: alto sax; Brian Walsh:
tenor sax; Phil Rodriguez: trumpet; Kris Tiner: trumpet; Shaunte Palmer: trombone; Robert
I grew up listening to mainstream '70s rock then ended up on the staff at the college paper at San Diego State, and volunteered to review heavy metal LPs. My second semester, the music editor dropped a Fenton Robinson LP on my desk, Night Flight. You like metal; they play guitar--he plays guitar, the editor told me
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