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EDITORS’ NOTES

Taking a page from E.S.T and The Bad Plus, Manchester, England’s Gogo Penguin push outside the traditional jazz piano-trio format with their synthesis of ringing piano melodies, muscular rock rhythms, tangled electronic beats, dubby postproduction touches, and even bits of modern classical. Featuring pianist Chris Illingworth, new bassist Nick Blacka, and drummer Rob Turner, the group’s second album moves further down that path with standouts like the contemplative “Murmuration,” the manic and jaunty “Garden Dog Barbecue,” and the circular “Kamaloka.” The deluxe edition includes three extra songs that definitely aren't filler.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Taking a page from E.S.T and The Bad Plus, Manchester, England’s Gogo Penguin push outside the traditional jazz piano-trio format with their synthesis of ringing piano melodies, muscular rock rhythms, tangled electronic beats, dubby postproduction touches, and even bits of modern classical. Featuring pianist Chris Illingworth, new bassist Nick Blacka, and drummer Rob Turner, the group’s second album moves further down that path with standouts like the contemplative “Murmuration,” the manic and jaunty “Garden Dog Barbecue,” and the circular “Kamaloka.” The deluxe edition includes three extra songs that definitely aren't filler.

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About GoGo Penguin

Experimental jazz piano trio GoGo Penguin were formed in Manchester, England in 2012 by pianist Chris Illingworth, bassist Nick Blacka, and drummer Rob Turner. Mixing melodic landscapes with dynamic skittering beats and electronic elements, the band creates a heady blend that owes as much to Massive Attack and Brian Eno as to traditional jazz or classical. They released a pair of albums on the Gondwana label, announcing themselves with 2012's Fanfares, then expanding their sonic scope with 2014's v2.0, the latter of which earned them a Mercury Prize nomination. In early 2015, they struck a deal with Blue Note Records and began recording their third LP. The album -- titled Man Made Object -- arrived in early 2016. The group's second effort for the label -- A Humdrum Star -- was released in February 2018. ~ Timothy Monger

ORIGIN
Manchester, England
GENRE
Jazz
FORMED
2012

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