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JACK PHANTOM AND THE EXQUISITE CORPSE CABARET
WEST COAST COOL JAZZ
With a modern twist
What happens when a globe-trotting ex-electronic and ex-punk musician turned software developer discovers Brubeck, Davis and Monk?
In Jack Phantom's case, head to New Orleans and listen to Dixieland being played on the streets where it came from, listen through the big band and crooner decades, return to the West Coast and bop genres that drew him in, and then look at the experimental stuff that branched off from its golden age.
And then tried to figure out how he would have used advances in technology and sounds to re-invent the idiom.
Described as "hip", "relaxing", "mood music", "soundtrack", "creative" and "not what I expected" - it's a result of a simpler, song form aesthetic, cut-and-rearranged with the same DIY punk initiative that exemplified the music scene he and other teenagers put together in their adolescence.
Hip-hop created sampling tools and idioms to take chunks of jazz and sculpt hip-hop. Phantom did the exact inverse, using hip hop techniques to swim against the current in the other direction and remake jazz.
Back in his youth, dyeing your hair and wearing black leather and ripped jeans made you a rebel. Now it's a Brooks Brothers jacket and hair tonic that makes you stand out in a crowd.