Tagged jazz

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Evacuate the Earth-S/T

Chicago/Milwaukee trio Evacuate the Earth have dropped their ambitious sophomore album. Evacuate the Earth opens with the partially spoken/partially sung sci-fi tune “Contact” and the rhythmic, jazzy “Interplanetary,” which sounds like Primus and Bjork jamming on a deserted space station. “Ninth Planet” is a three-way marriage of wailing sax, elastic bass and skittery percussion while…

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Andy Pratt – Horizon Disrupted

Chicago guitarist, singer and songwriter Andy Pratt weaves elements of folk, jazz and post-rock on his Steve Albini-engineered debut, Horizon Disrupted. The album opens with “Will You Be the One Tonight?,” a strings and guitar drenched torch song that could have been written and recorded anytime in the last 65 years: Albini’s engineering is warm…

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The AV Club

Chicago’s The AV Club serves up some serious funk and jazz on its eponymous new album. The AV Club finds bassist, composer and band leader Andrew Vogt and his fellow musicians in fine form across eight tracks including propulsive opener “Stevland,” New Orleans stomper “Fat Tuesday,” the experimental (and Frank Zappa-esque) snippet “Thumbs Up” and…

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Jo Ann Daugherty-Bring Joy

Much like her local contemporaries (including saxophonists Chris Greene and Shawn Maxwell), Chicago pianist, band leader and composer Jo Ann Daugherty uses instrumental jazz as a springboard to pay homage to (and in some cases to cover) artists from the worlds of soul, funk and even classical music. One her new CD, Bring Joy, Daugherty…

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Gramps the Vamp-The Cave of 10,000 Eyes

Chicago’s Gramps the Vamp refer to their particular brand of instrumental music as “doom funk.” Although this descriptor might be a bit tongue in check, it is wholly appropriate as the band draws from horror soundtracks and 60’s novelty/sound effects records while honoring the legacy of acts like The JBs, Ohio Players and Fela Kuti….