Don’t call the Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy a jazz big band. Instead, the San Francisco-based 15-piece band led by Igoe is something else. “We’re a rock band in a jazz band’s body,” said Igoe, a distinguished drummer.
And it’s definitely a group with plenty of low end. Dewayne Pate serves as the band’s primary bassist, but on the group’s self-titled debut album, James Genus (Branford Marsalis, Chick Corea, Daft Punk, Herbie Hancock, and a regular stint in the Saturday Night Live band) guests on double bass, and Snarky Puppy leader/producer/bassist Michael League also appears. The bassists are just two of 21 famed players to guest on the record. Other guests include vets of Tower of Power and The Doobie Brothers.
So what does a “rock band in a jazz band’s body” sound like? You can get an idea here;
The Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy Track List:
- Mercy, Mercy
- Friday Night at the Cadillac Club
- Jazz Crimes
- Let the Good Times Roll
- Aquele Um
- Jessica’s Day
- Caprichosos De La Habana
- I Didn’t Know What Time It Was
- Plan B
- Quarter Master