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    Group Du Jour

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    1Oval [2009]
    2Listening In... To The Past 25 Years [2008]

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    "If you enjoy eclectic ambient music, then it may be worth giving this a spin, although bear in mind that the mantric nature of much of it means you need to allow some time to immerse yourself in its web."
    - Sea of Tranquility

    "The difference with this group is the obvious talent each member has, the complex but never boring arrangements and rhythms that keep your feet tapping."
    - James Morman, Dirty Linen

    "This trio make fairly sophisticated music that's fun, use synthesizers wisely, spice with a breathy flute and flashes and splashes of guitar, then add lyrics that read like decent poetry when separated from the music."
    - Grant Alden, The Rocket

    Group Du Jour creates original music culled from the seeds of folk, ethnic/traditional forms, free jazz and rock – resulting in an invention best described as "Techno-Ethnic", utilizing electric & acoustic guitars, vocals, flute, keyboards and African percussion. The band was founded by Daniel Crommie and Bo & Paul Parker in Portland, Oregon in 1983 as a contemporary pop/folk conglomerate until coalescing into a more experimental sound following their groundbreaking "Forgotten Colors" album in 1986. Gathering momentum the band released their LP "Wonderful Vision" and gained recognition in places such as England, Russia and Yugoslavia in a time when they performed with artists such as Richard Barone, Suzanne Vega and Obo Addy. 1990's "Down to the Wire" was voted as one of the year's best albums by Seattle's Rocket magazine. "The Mystery Plays" (1992) was an ambitious production with some of the bands best playing - but was largely ignored by the press as grunge pushed it's way into the pop marketplace. The New Weave artist compilation "Timecode" (1995) featured two more songs, "Mojo Sleeping" and "Stranger's in the House" as band members focused on individual projects in the mid-90's. As the new millennium approached a revitalized GDJ resumed playing live engagements and released "Terra Incognita" (2007), a varied assortment of new songs, adventurous improvisational instrumentals and a few remakes of earlier material. 2008 saw the release of "Listening In, to the Past 25 Years", the first career-spanning compendium of the bands techno-ethnic pop work, with the companion album "Hinterland" representing their instrumental work in an expanded edition. An album of all new material "OVAL" was released in September of 2009.





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