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GoGo Penguin have been internationally hailed as electrifying live performers, innovative soundtrack composers, and as a collective who channel electronic and club culture atmospheres alongside, minimalist jazz and rock influences to create music that pulses and flows from the dancefloor to meditative inner-worlds, transporting us into brand new realms. Their latest album GGP/ RMX (Blue Note Lab) is a brilliant, vivid, reimagination of their self-defining masterwork, GoGo Penguin and features an array of the world’s sharpest artist-producers and remixers, including remixes from Cornelius, Machinedrum, Yosi Horikawa, Rone, Nathan Fake, 808 State, James Holden, Shunya, Clark, Portico Quartet and Squarepusher. GGP/RMX was released May 7, 2021. GoGo Penguin are: Chris Illingworth (piano), Nick Blacka (bass), Jon Scott (drums). Plus Joe Reiser (sound production).


Everything Is Going to Be OK

Label: Sony/XXIM
Released: 2023
Track listing: You're Stronger Than You Think; Glimmerings; Saturnine; Glow; Friday Film Special; Soon Comes Night; An Unbroken Thread of Awareness; We May Not Stay; Everything Is Going to Be OK; Last Breath; You're Stronger Than You Think (Revisit); Parasite; Sanctuary.


Article: Album Review

Matthew Halsall: An Ever Changing View

Read "An Ever Changing View" reviewed by Chris May

Based in the northern English city of Manchester, trumpeter Matthew Halsall debuted on record in 2008 with Sending My Love (Gondwana), a stylish take on the meditative end of the spiritual jazz of Alice Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders. Halsall's emergence pre-dated by over half a decade that of the London alternative scene vanguarded by musicians such ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Harry Belafonte, Elvin Jones, GoGo Penguin & Bruce Barth

Read "Harry Belafonte, Elvin Jones, GoGo Penguin & Bruce Barth" reviewed by Joe Dimino

From the gifted world of veteran pianist Bruce Barth, we make our way into the 803rd Episode of Neon Jazz. We also hear from a crop of established cats with new music in Isaiah J. Thompson, GoGo Penguin, Gabriel Latchin and Marty Isenberg. We slip in classics from Stanley Turrentine, Dave Brubeck and the mighty Elvin ...


Article: Album Review

GoGo Penguin: Everything Is Going to Be OK

Read "Everything Is Going to Be OK" reviewed by Geno Thackara

There is clearly something different about GoGo Penguin on their sixth full-length: where they've previously had a pattern of evocative titles and vaguely futuristic abstract covers, this one (at first glance) looks and reads almost like a greeting card. This also comes after one-third of the trio changed with 2022's interim EP, Between Two Waves (Sony/XXIM). ...


Between Two Waves

Label: Sony/XXIM
Released: 2022
Track listing: Badeep; Ascent; Wave Decay; Lost in Thought; The Antidote Is In the Poison.


Article: Live Review

Fano Jazz by the Sea 2022

Read "Fano Jazz by the Sea 2022" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Fano Varie sedi 22—31.7.2022 Fano Jazz by the Sea, giunto al traguardo della trentesima edizione, ha confermato un impianto organizzativo ormai collaudato, messo a punto negli anni dal suo storico direttore artistico Adriano Pedini. Concentrato nel centro storico della cittadina marchigiana, il festival ha ruotato soprattutto attorno al nucleo formato dal main ...


Article: Interview

Phil Freeman Talks Jazz in the 21st Century

Read "Phil Freeman Talks Jazz in the 21st Century" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

If music journalism had an award for honesty, it would belong firmly on the shelf of Phil Freeman alongside his latest book, Ugly Beauty. And if I had a choice about the design of said award, I might opt for a gold-plated boxing glove to symbolize the gut punches his words deliver. Not because his approach ...


Article: Live Review

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2022

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2022" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Various Venues Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Montréal, Canada June 30-July 4, 2022 Like everything else, the Covid-19 pandemic stopped the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal in its tracks. Forced to cancel the 2020 festival, they instead presented a four-day virtual festival online on June 27-30. Another abbreviated ...


Article: Album Review

Jasmine Myra: Horizons

Read "Horizons" reviewed by Chris May

Unlike America, a country big enough to support multiple, more or less autonomous jazz scenes, England, like its European neighbours, is more suited to supporting a single centre. However, by a combination of talent and perseverance, a few artists have managed to create regional scenes which flourish independently of London. One such artist ...


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