As the JT reader will hear it, the British piano trio GoGo Penguin descends from acoustic jazz groups with pop tendencies-think the Bad Plus, e.s.t., certain ECM discs from the past couple decades, even the Brad Mehldau Trio in rock-interpreter mode. But whereas those bands can be discussed within a jazz-rooted narrative, GoGo Penguin amplifies its forebears’ crossover attributes and does away with postbop and the avant-garde. (As for swing, dream on.) But this isn’t a dismissal, because if your prism of choice is piano rock or especially EDM, there are rewards on Man Made Object, GoGo Penguin’s third full-length and first for Blue Note.
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