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No Wave Au Go Go

by Radio I-Ching

"Radio I-Ching reminds you why downtown music was a cool idea in the first place." Time Out New York / "a downtown mesh of folk-dance rock beats, Ornette-influenced avant jazz and global music sounds." Jazzwise magazine (UK)
Genre: Avant Garde: Avant-Americana
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1. Shadowboy Radio Theme Song
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2. Judgment Day
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3. Molly Simpson
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4. Misterioso
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5. The Strangers
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6. No Wave Au Go Go
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7. Topsy
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8. No Problem
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9. On the Road to Algeria (for Cheikha Rimitti)
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10. I'm an Old Cowhand
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Terrascopic Rumbles July 2010 reviews Radio I-Ching's No Wave au Go Go:
Radio I-Ching are a New York trio of modern jazz explorers: Andy Hass on sax and electronics, Don Fiorino on various guitars and Dee Pop on the drums, all three of whom have lengthy pedigrees with notable underground and indeed overground acts. On their album "No Wave Au Go Go" the sound is groove based and spacey, partly because of the Malherbe-esque sound of Hass' sax and the gliss/slide effects produced by Fiorino - I'm sure Gong fans would adore this album. It's also jazzy - the band do a selection of their own numbers and those by giants such as Thelonius Monk and Johnny Mercer. All the cuts have a lightness of touch that emerges from the trio format and the originality of the vision, while the playing is never less than terrific. Highlights are the two Monk covers and the self-penned tracks 'Molly Simpson' and 'On The Road To Algeria', while the band's version of Durham & Battle's 'Topsy' is exhilarating. A great album, one for jazzers, members of the Gong family, world music types, or indeed anyone who likes the zones where jazz and modern sound intersect. Recommended.

Village Voice "Jazz Consumer Guide : Pick Hits" review (June 29, 2010):
Radio I-Ching : No Wave Au Go Go
Avant-wandering rock refugees—Andy Haas on curved soprano sax and electronics, Don Fiorino on guitar-like things, Dee Pop on percussion—pull together. Their worldbeat originals smoke the jazz covers, which serve as ethereal exotica, except for "Judgment Day," which redeems their faith in Americana. A MINUS
by Tom Hull

From Jazz Dimensions (June 27, 2010, translation from German by Google):
"Radio I-Ching" is first a classical jazz trio in the occupation of saxophone, guitar and drums. Nevertheless, here are three musicians with different backgrounds together to give a different touch to the Jazz.
First there is the saxophonist Andy Haas, who has strong roots in jazz has indeed, in the early 80s at the Canadian band Martha and the Muffins made pop music. In fact they had with their first single "Echo Beach" an international success and played a three albums. But even then distinguished Haas with his saxophone playing, the band from the rest of the music charts.
Next to him playing the guitar player Don Fiorino, the long-range on a background of Far Eastern and Indian music with improvised embossing can all draw from. And there is a friend from the New York of the early Eighties to hear: Dee Pop was playing drums with the Bush Tetras, the oddly disparate, but dense form of rock music played a big city and the protagonists at that time music was one.
On their third album already, "No Wave Au Go Go", these flows oddly fused completely. The music of Radio I-Ching is very melodic, but not at all formulaic or effort. Jazzlastig Stark and playful, idiosyncratic and impressionistic with a touch of the Far East, and rock.
Striking is the egalitarian group sound in which all the instruments, "on par" with each other really play. World music you can still not call what radio plays I-Ching, as always pick up these three musicians jazz standards back up and make it clear which way the wind is blowing.
Michael Freerix

The problem with some music in the avant garde realm is one of source material. Much like jam bands that only listen to the Grateful Dead or Phish become pale replicas – their improvisations a xerox of a xerox so to speak – groups without external stimuli other than other improvised music become tired clichés. Radio I-Ching demonstrates what an avant garde mindset can do when coupled with an eclectic set of nfluences. The influences come from an equally eclectic trio of musicians. Drummer Dee Pop is dually known as a member of the ‘80s rock band Bush Tetras and the curator of the now-defunct Freestyle Creative Music Series in New York. Andy Haas, who plays sax, piri and live electronics on this, the group’s second disc, previously released a politically motivated solo record for shofar and raita. And string-player (guitar, lap steel, banjo, glissentar and mandolin) Don Fiorino’s commitment to historic preservation goes past music with a career working to preserve Ellis Island. When these three come together, the aesthetic is Downtown; it is just not clear in what city…New York? Cairo? Memphis? 12 tracks run the gamut from group originals to works by noted Egyptian musicians Mohammed Abdel Wahab and Hamza El Din, Jamaican drummer Count Ossie, film composer Alfred Newman, folkie Jimmy Driftwood, Captain Beefheart and more “traditional” jazz composers like Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Sonny Simmons/Prince Lasha and Thelonious Monk. With the players, what they play and what they play it on, The Fire Keeps Burning sounds like a stew on paper. But remarkably, the trio has created a new aesthetic equal parts jazz, rock and world music that is both sincere and appealing. Each piece is a flavor in the aforementioned stew but none of the nuance is lost. The group is summed up by a variation on the old maxim: musicians should play 10% of what they know. - Andre Hemkin

Posted in The Volume by Hank Shteamer on March 18th:

The term fusion usually connotes something brainy and maybe even a little effete. A noteworthy contemporary exception is Radio I-Ching, a local trio that mashes together skronky rock, edgy jazz and several other styles in a uniquely whimsical and unpretentious way. The band features drummer Dee Pop, who also mans the kit for renowned postpunk group Bush Tetras, along with Andy Haas on sax and electronics, and Don Fiorino on a variety of stringed axes. Radio I-Ching’s latest—and to our ears, greatest—self-released disc, No Wave Au Go Go (available here), contains a number of fine hybrid-genre jams. Check out the album’s opening track, on which Haas spins tart, unhinged lines over a swaggery gutter-rock riff from Pop and Fiorino.

From Memory Select: Avant Jazz Radio:
….. Radio I-Ching, also featuring Haas and Fiorino, goes in a tougher direction: Heavy drums powering fleet sax lines and often crunching guitar, a heavy dose of rock sound applied to a jazz-jam concept. The lighter tracks add swirls of world-music exotica, a tough-to-place mix of African, Cuban, and Asian styles. “Judgement Day” is like a late-night party in a Cuban jazz club, and “Topsy” is a bebop gyroscope out of control. But I’m particularly taken with their version of “Misterioso,” which is a raging blur of guitar and drums, dark and flitting, with the soprano sax suddenly piping in with the melody line.



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