My monthly round-up of the best in new jazz and forthcoming jazz at Manchester’s Band on the Wall Venue. The highlight for February is a pair of gigs by local band GoGo Penguin. The band will also be playing a date in Leeds. http://bandonthewall.org/events
Manchester’s acoustic-electronica trio GoGo Penguin are pianist Chris Illingworth, bassist Nick Blacka and drummer Rob Turner (photo credit : Arlen Connoly)
Drawing on a heady brew of influences from Brian Eno, John Cage, Massive Attack and Aphex Twin to Manchester’s music scene they create a brave new sound all of their own.
Defined by skittering break-beats, powerful sub-bass, telepathic interplay and a penchant for anthemic melody they create an emotionally rich palate for the listener that has seen them hailed as the most exciting new band to emerge from the UK in years.
Their second album V2.0 (Gondwana records) was named a Mercury Prize album of the year 2014 and has won them a legion of fans across the world. In April 2015 they announced the signing of a three album deal with Blue Note Records and the two Manchester shows will feature material from their Blue Note debut album “Man Made Object” which will be released worldwide on 5th February 2016.
- GoGo Penguin – Unconditional – Fanfares (2012)
- Pete Rodriguez – Stolen Changes – El Conde Negro (2015)
- Brian Landrus Trio – The Beginning – The Deep Below (2015)
- Møster – The Future Leaks Out – When You Cut Into The Present (2015)
- John Scofield – Season Creep – Past Present (2015)
- Nat Birchall – A Luta Continua – Invocations (2015)
- Samuel Blaser Quartet – Scootin’ About – Spring Rain (2015)
- Max Johnson Trio – Something Familiar – Something Familiar (2015)
- Food – Age Of Innocence – This Is Not A Miracle (2015)
- Dave Douglas – Whirlwind – Fabliaux (2015)
- David Ake – Returning – Lake Effect (2015)
- GoGo Penguin – Murmuration – V2.0 (2014)