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5.0 out of 5 stars GoGo… go… GET IT!
THESE ARE EXCITING TIMES for the jazz piano trio – and Manchester-based GoGoPenguin are key movers in a current new wave of line-ups that eschew the traditional idea of pianist leader and supporting rhythmic duo for a totally democratic and, therefore, absorbing concept in sound.

The band’s debut release, ‘Fanfares’ (2012), created...
Published 5 months ago by Adrian P

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3.0 out of 5 stars promising but not quite there
The band are clearly an excellent team , some good hooks with melodies , but I feel left with the feeling that it could have been better - more improvisation (of which I am sure they are capable) and more variety with pacing - EST were masters at this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GoGo… go… GET IT!, 17 Mar 2014
This review is from: v2.0 (Audio CD)
THESE ARE EXCITING TIMES for the jazz piano trio – and Manchester-based GoGoPenguin are key movers in a current new wave of line-ups that eschew the traditional idea of pianist leader and supporting rhythmic duo for a totally democratic and, therefore, absorbing concept in sound.

The band’s debut release, ‘Fanfares’ (2012), created considerable ripples of interest on the British scene, as well as much further afield, with their obvious e.s.t.-influenced grooves (confirmed, as Svensson fans would recognise, by the opening track title, ‘Seven Sons of Bjorn’). That tantalising 35-minute recording, hailed by critics, no doubt found a quickly-gathering fan base clamouring for the next chapter, whilst finding the subsequent live experiences every bit as engaging – those present at the band’s hometown gigs at Band On The Wall (that I, too, witnessed) would, I’m sure, be happy to concur.

It’s important to recognise now, though, that GoGo Penguin are not “the next Esbjörn Svensson Trio” (nor could they be, given the Swedish band’s untouchable seminal status) – and I hazard a guess that Chris Illingworth (piano), Nick Blacka (double bass) and Rob Turner (drums) would see it that way, too. So, what is both gratifying and thrilling about this new follow-up release, ‘v2.0′, is that the trio are already clearly honing a sound which appears to be uniquely theirs, Blacka and Turner providing the distinctive and frequently blistering up-front dance-groove edge. The resultant effect is mesmeric and trance-like (think ‘Aphex Twin’), with such breathtaking precision of metre to almost sound electronic… but with the satisfaction that it’s not! Illingworth, too, displays great mastery of his instrument, exploring the gamut of techniques and expression as well as, at times, seemingly employing Roland Kirk’s ability to ‘split his brain in two’ to state one melody with his right hand and another with his left – rapid electronica or anthemic breadth, his grand piano offers it all.

What better illustration of the band’s sparky originality than 'Garden Dog Barbecue'? – Chris Illingworth’s zippy right-hand piano melodies over grungy, leaping left-hand fifths chords shared with buzzing bass, and all sped along by breakneck skittering drums, plus some terrific rhythmic and tempo changes. Opening track, 'Murmuration', reveals the trio’s alter ego – beautifully-considered, sustained and repetitive piano against bubbling bass and drums, intensifying in stature with electronically-echoic arco bass until the flocking avian display it suggests disperses to nothingness. 'Kamaloka' brings to the fore Turner’s extraordinarily complex electro/techno drum likeness which drives a bright, arpeggio-accompanied piano tune, as does the following 'Fort', Blacka’s rasping bass combining so well with drums to its abrupt close. Not sinc'e Stefano Bollani’s live solo piano interpretation of a scratched vinyl LP have I heard the skills that are to be found in 'One Percent; already a compelling, bustling and highly-charged number, the final 45 seconds convincingly simulate, through a variety of closely-timed rhythms, a skipping CD – from an acoustic trio, this is something which has to be heard to be believed, and raises a smile with me every time!

'Home's infectious groove is again down to the brilliant interaction between Blacka and Turner, laying down a relentless and very listenable ground for Illingworth’s strong piano melodies, and Blacka’s big, scampering bass sound resonating clearly at the close. Recorded in total darkness, 'The Letter' is characterised by a heavy, sprawling and perhaps menacing pulse. 'To Drown In You' continues the darker feel with its hint of Philip Glass piano and ethereal bowed bass… and with what is becoming Turner’s trademark percussive sound, his staccatoed rhythms shared with Blacka’s bass, and the huge energy of Illingworth’s ‘split piano’, this is a standout. The brief, spacial 'Shock and Awe', against a tense metronome-like tick, carries a palpable weight of emotion and presents another side to the trio – perhaps something for future concepts. Lucid and vibrant, 'Hopopono' closes the album with an impressive summing-up of this band’s evident empathy and, perhaps even, telepathy.

Credit to sound engineers Joe Reiser and Brendan Williams for clarity of production, this release resembles a huge step forward in GoGo Penguin’s development – and the next gig will certainly be something to look forward to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The difficult second album, 4 April 2014
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GGP first album was very well received and caused a lot of excitement. Therefore a lot was at stake with their second release, were GGP a flash in the pan or a genuinely new musical force. I am happy to say that v2.0 confirms their status of rising stars and shows them developing their own unique sound. Having seen them live recently at both Kings Place and The Pizza Express London I can confirm that they are a blisteringly exciting live act as well. Long may they continue to develop.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! STANDING OVATION AT BoTW MANCHESTER, 19 Jun 2014
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vicki "vicki" (manchester, england) - See all my reviews
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another great gig from go go, music has everything, fast,slow, flowing, breaks, hypnotic, alert, expert-ease what a great night Mat on Sunday, fab Manchester weekend
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome awesome awesome, 14 May 2014
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Miles J. Hart (Prestwood) - See all my reviews
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Superb recording. I have it on all the time, nice and loud.

Recommend if anyone is coming from DnB into Jazz
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you liked EST you'll probably like this, 29 Mar 2014
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Robert O. Davidson (glasgow United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This is the latest offering from this Manchester-based trio. It is EST-like and fans of EST should like this, but the band should not be viewed as an EST tribute act - there is much more to them than that. This is very much modern European jazz. There are shades of hip-hop and dub-step but the whole thing is firmly anchored in a strong jazz sensibility. The melodies are very strong and well arranged. The mood is often sombre and reflective - think Tomasz Stanko and Tord Gustavsen for some sense of the album's feel. I think this might have an appeal which might cross the bridge between fans of contemplative jazz and people attracted to jazz-rooted techno dance floor grooves.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars promising but not quite there, 28 April 2014
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The band are clearly an excellent team , some good hooks with melodies , but I feel left with the feeling that it could have been better - more improvisation (of which I am sure they are capable) and more variety with pacing - EST were masters at this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Technically good but a bit bland, 3 April 2014
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I bought this on the strength of hearing a track on Jamie Cullum's jazz show on Radio 2 whilst driving home. At the time, the track must have made an impression on me enough to find out who it was once I got home and then wait until it was released.

There is nothing that stands out and grabs your attention. The piano sounds the same pretty much throughout the CD to the extent that one track seems to blend into another at times. It all seems too clinical and technical in execution and then mixing onto the CD. Compared to listening to Sound City - Reel To Reel that I purchased at the same time and reviewed earlier today, there was no equivalent "wow" moment. Nice music to drift off to sleep to but that is about all.
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