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Industrial Jazz A Go Go!

by Industrial Jazz Group

Avant garde party music
Genre: Jazz: Weird Jazz
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1. Doo Wha?
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2. Elmore Was Here
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3. Bandoleero, Part One
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4. Bandoleero, Part Two
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5. The Truth and the Abstract Blues
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6. Cannon Indie
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7. El Grupo De Jazz Industriale
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8. Baby, Shake That Thing
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
So it's not really "industrial." Were the Beatles really insects?

The casual bio: The IJG showcases the bombastic, jump-cut, frenetic compositional output of composer Andrew Durkin, while providing an apposite vehicle for the mad improvisational chutzpah of some of southern California's pluckiest, most unsung talents. The result is a kind of avant-garde party music.

The more staid bio: Formed in the spring of 2000, the IJG is one of the few large independent jazz ensembles on the scene today. Featuring up to eighteen performers (reeds, brass, rhythm, vocals, dancers, poets) at a time, the group has been a persistent force in Los Angeles for six years now, and during that period it has also performed throughout California (San Diego, Bakersfield, San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, Truckee, and Petaluma), as well as in Nevada, Texas, New York, New Jersey, and Delaware. It has received numerous grants from the American Composers Forum, has been supported by the NEA and the McKnight Foundation, and has been heard on NPR and hundreds of radio stations around the world. Write-ups on the group have appeared in The LA Weekly, The SF Weekly, The Wire, The North Bay Bohemian, The San Diego Union-Tribune, The Boston Herald, The New York Times, and numerous other publications.

Industrial Jazz a Go Go! is the fourth studio album from the IJG, and features a ten-piece configuration of the group. Featuring Damon Zick, Cory Wright, Brian Walsh, and Jason Mears (reeds); Kris Tiner, Phil Rodriguez, and Shaunte Palmer (brass); Joe Berardi (drums); Aaron Kohen (bass); Robert Jacobson (guitar); and Andrew Durkin (piano / conducting / compositions).


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Scott Yanow / LA Jazz Scene


It is fair to say that the Industrial Jazz Group plays unpredictable music. Heard along the way are strong hints of rock & roll, blues, Eastern European folk music, dixieland, r&b, dance music, avant-garde ensembles and Stravinsky, and that is only in the opening number "Doo Wha?" Led by pianist Andrew Durkin and consisting of seven horns and a three-piece rhythm section, the Industrial Jazz Group can almost be thought of as an American version of Willem Breuker's Kollektief. Alternating complex written ensembles with jammed sections and overheated solos, their music is avant-garde but never dry or meandering; not with their wacky sense of humor and knowledge of earlier styles.

The band's strong musicianship and ability to instantly switch styles keeps it from merely being a musical comedy act although there are sections on Industrial Jazz A Go Go where it will be difficult not to chuckle. Mixing together satire and reverence for the many musical idioms, the Industrial Jazz Group is both a crack up and a memorable musical experience. This is a band that certainly deserves to be much better known.