The new album “Stress to Impress” by Milton Man Gogh gets you thinking. A trio of acoustic bass, tenor sax and drum kit could be coming at you from all sorts of directions. But it’s not the backing music for a cocktail reception. It’s not trying to recapture the time capsule of 1950’s nostalgia. Jazz has been caught in a trap of it’s own greatness. The world doesn’t really need another Coltrane or Art Blakey. We were lucky enough to get that the first time around. Now it’s time to expand on the tradition. Reimagining the past in the style of the masters is low hanging fruit. Milton Man Gogh have their ladders out. This music can be challenging but the excitement and wildness of their sound might actually invigorate a new generation of appreciation. Nice work on this one!
From the band’s press release:
Milton Man Gogh (MMG) is an experimental trio, formed as an outlet for the members to play the original compositions that no-one else wanted to play. Having performed and recorded together in various freelance and original settings over the last few years, the boys felt that the combination of shit yarns, shit music, a tortured, self-mutilating artist and a certain domestic beer made perfect sense; they decided to go ahead and give it a man gogh.
The result is the amalgamation of the core influences from each of the members; jazz, prog, contemporary classical and metal. Equally comfortable plundering sounds from Meshuggah and Donny McCaslin to Aphex Twin and Bela Bartok, MMG seeks to explore personal inquiry through composition, ultimately being brought to life in the studio and live performance.