What are the requirements of a “Fake Jazz” band? According to official Fake Jazz standard bearers The Neverending Trio, you meet once, record an album, eat nachos. With the bar set ridiculously high, the Long Island trio comprised of Jack Adams – flute, Kyle Donely – electronics (Neverending Audit, Nite Audit, Neverending Boyfriend) and Alex Rochinski – percussion (Coffin Daggers, Pigsphere, Grim River) have created – despite or maybe because of its premise – a surprisingly great album with Side 2 – which was put out on our friends Ingrown Records.
Kicking off the album is the track “Kyle is Dying”. Recorded as a solo track as Neverending Audit, Kyle Donely used the iphone’s Thumbjam app. “Kyle is Dying” nicely sets up the album. It’s an elegiac, incredibly beautiful clash of horn, voice and deep bass that, despite it’s method, is actually quite moving. Citing both Sun Ra and the Tonight Show Band, “Jazzbo at the Movies” clocks in at 26 minutes (because every serious jazz band must have a 26 minute longplayer in the middle of their record). The track unfolds from Golden Era cinema samples to an absolutely crushingly heady jam with reverb heavy flute, massive percussive bursts and electronic samples and wide noise that shepherd the players into newer terrain. “Miles on Heroin” is sourced from a, you-guessed-it Miles Davis sample until morphing and folding the members’ contributions into the composition until it ends up “miles” from where it started. Hypnotic runs and narcotic pace. Heaviest jam by far.
If Side 2 is fake jazz, then call The Neverending Trio Pope of Fake Jazz Town because this album is calling the shots and handing down edicts left and right. Fantastic work.