Gorgeous instrumental modern jazz; thoroughly engaging in myriad ways, yet serene enough to be suitable for background music whilst reading or such like. Beautifully engineered and arranged, this album simultaneously captures the essence of live music, but also the tightly-woven threads of a well rehearsed ensemble.
Favorite track: I Am That.
Now with its eighth release Matthew Halsall’s Manchester based Gondwana record label shines a light on another of Manchester’s well kept musical secrets, the expansive, brilliant piano trio GoGo Penguin.
Manchester trio GoGo Penguin are hotly tipped as the rising stars of the UK Jazz scene. An exhilarating live act, drawing on a heady brew of influences from Aphex Twin to Brian Eno, Debussy to Shostakovich and Massive Attack to EST.
The debut album Fanfares has won raves reviews from the Guardian to BBC Music and support from the likes of Mike Chadwick and Gilles Peterson and was nominated for best jazz album at the World Wide Awards. It is the band’s unique ability to synthesis and develop each others melodic and harmonic ideas while drawing on music from classical to electronica that makes GoGo Penguin’s music so enthralling and their debut album such a powerful opening salvo from a powerful new voice in UK music.
released November 19, 2012
Chris Illingworth: piano
Grant Russell: bass
Rob Turner: drums
All compositions by GoGo Penguin
Recorded between 3rd - 7th January 2012
Recorded by: Joe Willes at The Lodge Recording Studios
Mixed by: Joe WIlles & Max Read at The Lodge Recording Studios
Mastered by: Max Read at The Lodge Recording Studios
Mammal Hands "Animalia" is like a dream you once had and forgot, but wanted to remember. Then it comes back to you years later as you are falling asleep. You will never quite remember it nor forget it. Love both this and Floa. ajatuslapsi
Seems like Gondwana Records is the spot for awesome jazz bands - really beautiful played and sweet harmonies and melodies. Floating and rich rhythms. Really diggin' it! Think anything reminds me of Dave Brubeck 'Take 5' StrangeFlow