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  • Audio CD (19 Nov. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Gondwana
  • ASIN: B0096BFTGY
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,127 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  4. Fanfares 4:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
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  7. HF 6:36£0.79  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

In the increasingly overcrowded field of piano trios, any new arrival must have some eye-catching feature to stand out. That probably explains why a jazz trio comes to be called GoGo Penguin, a name which is not easy to forget. But in fairness to this excellent group, their music would have attracted attention even if they had been called the John Smith Trio.

Pianist Chris Illingworth, bassist Grant Russell and drummer Rob Turner met while studying at the Royal Northern College of Music in their native Manchester. They soon started jamming together and creating new music. It was not long until they attracted the attention of trumpeter Matthew Halsall, whose Gondwana label releases this terrific debut album.

One of the keys to the success of GoGo Penguin is that it is not a conventional solo-based piano trio with the keyboard to the fore. Instead, the three players and instruments are equal in status; for much of the time they play simultaneously, their individual lines complementing each other and fitting together to create a coherent whole.

Throughout Fanfares, the music fizzes with irresistible energy and rhythmic drive, generated by all three players. The results are highly danceable and it is no surprise that the group has a cult following in the north west of England. When GoGo Penguin play live, even on slower pieces there is more moving and grooving in the audience than is customary at jazz gigs.

None of the group members is 30 yet. Their youth is reflected in the eclectic influences they cite, including Aphex Twin and Massive Attack alongside Brian Eno, Debussy and Shostakovich. Such influences are not blatantly obvious but are subtly integrated together. However, one influence which is deliberately made obvious is that of e.s.t.

GoGo Penguin say their group might not exist but for the Swedish trio, and the album’s opening track, Seven Sons of Björn, was written by Illingworth after Esbjörn Svensson’s death. Its driving piano riff backed up by some dramatic bass from Russell makes it a fitting tribute. On this showing, GoGo Penguin seem destined for great things.

--John Eyles

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 24 Nov. 2012
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This is the kind of friendly jazz that gets nominated for the Mercury Prize, and that is no bad thing.

GoGo Penguin are a genuine trio (rather than a pianist with a couple of other guys to make up the numbers) and this gives the album plenty of depth and variety. Be sure to listen past the opening (presumably) e.s.t. homage (as good as it is) because there is plenty more original material here as well.

The album should though come with a health warning as 'Last Words' is a powerful ear-worm that will still be going around in your head at 3AM on a tuesday morning!

An excellent debut that only doesn't 5 stars because I am waging a one man war against review-star-inflation, it would get 4.5 if that were an option.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By vicki on 21 Dec. 2013
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watch this space this band is going places. really enjoyed their gigs this year and looking forward to more next year
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ed73491 on 28 May 2013
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found it after hearing one of the tracks on a Jamie Cullum Radio 2 show. Hopefully that indicates that type of jazz music that I like listening to.
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By Nicnaim on 25 Mar. 2015
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Great debut album, which I bought out of sequence, having originally been given a copy of their excellent follow up album V.2. Fantastically accomplished playing and great tunes. Go and catch them live, they are as tight a unit as you will ever see.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jan on 13 Nov. 2013
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Great album, not many today like this on the market. Simply Love it. Unusual sound. Boys from Manchester are doing great job.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. L. M. Allen on 5 Mar. 2013
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Came to this via E.S.T. Brill, check it out. They seem to be gigging a bit at the moment so need to see...
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By quazy wabbit on 15 Dec. 2012
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I went to see the Penguins back in August, before the cd had come out. The band played with so much energy and such a mature understanding of the jazz idiom that I was instantly a fan. I was really looking forward to this, & I wasn't disappointed. Excellent stuff, if piano trio's are your thing you could do a lot worse then shell out on this one!
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