Industrial Jazz Group - The Star Chamber
2004 Innova Recordings
Evan Francis, Alto Sax, Flute
Cory Wright, Tenor/Soprano Sax, Clarinet, Flute
Beth Schenck, Alto/Soprano Sax, Flute
Kris Tiner, Trumpet
Phil Rodriguez, Trumpet
Gorrell Smith, Trombone
Aaron McLendon, Drums
Aaron Kohen, Bass
Andrew Durkin, Piano, Composition, Conducting
Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
July 31, 2005
This is a dynamic, driven collection of new music tracks that could be appropriate for some modern dance. Brass is prevalent, and there is an effort to introduce traditional jazz, fused with varying combinations from this nonet. Andrew Durkin has composed all tracks with catchy names, with one classical reference below.
#1 – The Star Chamber – Composed by Durkin. A brass introduction has a dynamic, danceable, rhythmic sound. The steady beat is lively, with solos on sax and trumpet.
#2 – A Thousand Times No – Composed by Durkin. Bass and percussion are featured, with McLendon’s extended and exciting drum solo. Eery imagery emerges throughout.
#4 – Gross Fugue – Composed by Durkin. Flutes, trumpet, and saxophones wax from sweet to surreal. This new age track generates a musical conversation.
#7 – Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboy-Presidents – Composed by Durkin. With a foreboding swing introduction, supported by bass and drums, the trumpet and saxophone play with one theme in creative dynamics. This track seems to have a message of upbeat/downbeat with inherent social context.