Man Made Typewriter Object
Posted on August 30, 2016
Typewriters can lead you in unexpected directions and even have an influence on the music you listen to. Take, for example, my discovery of The Bad Plus, a jazz trio I was drawn to because of the typewriter on the CD cover of their album, Prog.
Having said that, I was trawling through the Jazz CDs at my favourite record shop at the time, so it wasn’t so much a change in musical direction as an unexpected detour.
Another recent discovery is GoGo Penguin, a “jazz trio” from Manchester, UK, featuring pianist Chris Illingworth, bassist Nick Blacka, and drummer Rob Turner.
“Nu-jazz trio” is probably the best way to describe them, since the ‘Penguin sound incorporates elements of electronica, trip-hop, rock and classical music.
No typewriter on the cover of the CD this time, so in desperation I put the cover of the CD onto a typewriter …
I am happy to report, however, that a recent review of the band’s latest album Man Made Object (Blue Note) contained this reference to typewriters:
Among the many “Man Made” highlights: “Unspeakable World” almost sounds as if Illingworth and Co. are sitting at typewriters rather than instruments.