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Eleventh-Hour Shine On represents Universal Congress Of's most serious jazz excursion; in fact, almost no traces of the group's garage origins remain. Despite the inclusion of material by Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane, the music here is less free-form than on earlier Congress records; founders Joe Baiza and Steve Moss both opt for clean, focused sounds. Not gone, however, is the group's sense of humor, which keeps the album well outside of the traditional jazz realm.


Formed: 1986

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s

Led by ex-Saccharine Trust axewielder Joe Baiza, Universal Congress Of began as the title for Baiza's 1987 solo record later becoming the name of his fine, funky backing band. Although on his debut solo LP he was still playing semi-improvised, avant-garde jazz-rock similar to what he was exploring in Saccharine Trust, Baiza/UCO's later (and for my money better) work was more structured and song-oriented. Although he continued to show a talent for all-out free playing and gnarled, aural jazz damage,...
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