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Unique Jazz / Rock blend from Action Figure Party

Today I want to hit you with some contemporary jazz. The group and their debut album are both called Action Figure Party. This is actually a creation of Greg Kurstin, formerly of Geggy Tah. (Remember Whoever You Are? All I wanna do is to thank you even though I don’t know who you are. You let me change lanes while I was driving in my car.) He plays in some very distinguished company on this disc, including Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Sean Lennon (John’s son), and members of Soul Coughing, Incubus, Beck, and others.

...she comes with guns underneath her dress.

...she comes with guns underneath her dress.

This is  a Rock / Jazz crossover album. The traditional jazz work by Mr. Kurstin on keyboards and the horn section is blended with a very Rock ‘n’ Roll rhythm section to create a sound that will draw in people who don’t usually like jazz.

Most of this CD is instrumental, but there are a few songs with lyrics, which are all actually pretty cool. 9 of the 12 songs on this disc made my iPod but you’ll get a feel for whether or not you want the disc from these 5.

  • Pong Baby – Excellent keyboard work throughout this song both sets the atmosphere and picks its way through some great in-the-pocket solos.
  • The Clapper – An upbeat and more pure jazz track.
  • George & Cindy – This one has a Hip Hop feel and there’s even a little tasteful scratching (by Sean Lennon).
  • Clock Radio – Very unassuming alto vocals help keep the vibe of this song smooth.
  • Action Figure Party – This is a great groove all the way through and has the most interesting lyrics.

Clearly this crazy collection of talent wasn’t going to remain together as a single band, but one might hope they would get together for some follow-up studio work. It doesn’t look that way, as this was released in 2001 and even their website now goes straight to a page on Amazon. Maybe if we all go buy this disc, they’ll be forced to make some new music.


February 19, 2009 - Posted by | Jazz

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