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Album Review

GoGo Penguin: GGP/RMX

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It was really just a matter of time. With the spirit of techno and trance being such an essential part of GoGo Penguin's musical makeup, the seeds of a remix project have been there all along; they often compose their songs with beat programs before deciding how to arrange them for an acoustic trio, and adding little sonic tweaks to their instruments is just as much a part of the process afterwards. It's perfectly apt that a range of clever ...

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Year in Review

Geno Thackara's Best Releases of 2020

Read "Geno Thackara's Best Releases of 2020" reviewed by Geno Thackara


However strange the year has gotten, the urge to create clearly hasn't lessened at all--either that or the circumstances have left us more appreciative of art where we find it. Most likely it's some of both. Whatever the case may be, 2020 has still seen no shortage of musical treats good for the soul. Jazzrausch Bigband Beethoven's Breakdown ACT Music Jazzrausch pulls off something wonderful here, adapting revered material with house-shaking ...

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Album Review

GoGo Penguin: GoGo Penguin

Read "GoGo Penguin" reviewed by Geno Thackara


Calling GoGo Penguin a jazz group is sort of like calling Canada a big snowy place. Nobody would consider such a simple term adequate to describe the trio today, least of all the members themselves--bassist Nick Blacka explains that with album number five, GGP has “finally come to accept that we really just aren't a jazz band ... That has been really liberating and freeing for all of us." If anything, it's surprising that these three might have ever felt ...

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Album Review

GoGo Penguin: Ocean in a Drop

Read "Ocean in a Drop" reviewed by Geno Thackara


While William Blake saw the world in a grain of sand, and the poet Rumi wrote that each person is not a drop in an ocean but rather the opposite, GoGo Penguin's ever-expanding sonic world hints at similar multitudes yet to be experienced. It rarely sounds like “just" piano, bass and drums in these hands, and the scope of Ocean in a Drop doesn't feel limited by the brevity of its EP length. They hit the ground running and pack ...


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