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Justice on a Budget

by Justice on a Budget

With one foot in the past and one foot in the future, the debut release from Justice on a Budget explores genres and themes that are linked by simple structures, resulting in expressions from jazz to post-rock to breakbeat and beyond.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Funk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Bait
3:02 $0.99
2. League of United Nations
4:25 $0.99
3. Smelt
4:23 $0.99
4. Occam's Razor
3:36 $0.99
5. Yangtze
3:51 $0.99
6. Dilemma
1:04 $0.99
7. Meredith's Theme
5:17 $0.99
8. A Night in Flourtown
1:24 $0.99
9. Ben Street Blues
3:31 $0.99
10. Satellite Maia
3:32 $0.99
11. Morongo!
5:14 $0.99
12. Wednesday is the New Thursday
1:28 $0.99
13. Pink Eye
4:35 $0.99
14. CB Radio
6:05 $0.99
15. New Millenium's Eve
2:21 $0.99
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Album Notes
NCM East Records is pleased to announce the release of the self-titled debut album from Justice on a Budget (NCM 40123), a core trio of musicians from the Philadelphia area who craft bold compositions through the language of improvisation. The group explores genres and themes that are linked by simple structures, resulting in expressions from standard jazz to post-rock to breakbeat and beyond. For this recording, the addition of guest musicians ranges from Brazilian and Afro-Cuban percussionists to four part horn chorales, augmenting the scope of sounds offered by this thoughtful and dynamic trio. With this unique debut, Justice on a Budget will deny and maybe even confirm your wildest categorizations.

About Justice on a Budget: Featuring Eric Hastings (drums, percussion, loops, electronics), John Conahan (pianos, keyboards, synths), and Cory Neale (double bass, electric bass, turntables), Justice on a Budget began as an informal collection of musicians who gathered to improvise over very loose structures and soundscapes, with all preconceptions left behind. Over a three-year period, these players developed a relationship that allows them to collectively express a shared sonic vision, with a wide-open approach to the creation of new music.

The photography contained within the CD package was taken at Summit Camp, Greenland; one of Earth's last great frontiers.



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Ray Bloch

Instrumental music
This is well worth the money. I found it very well produced amd played.


Editor's Pick - Absolute Genius!
Most jazz artists complain about electronic music oftentimes calling it stale, lifeless, and even “easy”. In steps Justice On a Budget whose goal of merging the two together to form a coalesce of acid jazz, turntablism, and jazz freeform. Check out the tangling piano pieces on the album starter “Bait” and indeed you’ll take the bait allowing yourself to be sucked in for the duration of an almost hour-long journey through manic electronic jazz that refuses the standard confines of any music genre. Improvisations never sounded so chaotically smelted and yet so beautifully orchestrated. Absolute genius.


worth your lunch money
As Lenny Bruce used to say, "New is good!" and Justice on a Budget are certainly part of that scenario. I think of them as not too far removed from Medeski, Martin and Wood (keyboard trio format, and a varied sense of electronic colors such as "Satellite Maia"'s and "Morongo"'s Latin extensions, followed on by the gamelan/ ring-modulated GET UP WITH IT - era Miles Davis sonority of "Wednesday is the New Thursday") and you'll be in the neighborhood.

Tasty and highly diverting on a minute-by-minute basis, the band's arrangement sense can be 'clever but not too' (note how the glued-on writing for wind section decays and reforms in "Yangtze"), often startling (the fuzz-heavy Wurlitzer organ and the muscular bass opening "Bait" certainly made me sit bolt upright). The waves of differing flavors from track to track become the point, and they're very cagily thought out.