- a 14-track CD recorded during 2006 and 2007
- released 7th May 2007
- launched at Normanton Acoustic Club 8th May 2007
- featured by Graham Wright on Rutland Radio - listen
- single "Suddenly" released 15th October 2007
(click a track name to play a 2 minute mp3
- track data:
BACKING TRACKS RECORDED:
20.01.06: 'This time' + 'TFN' + 'Girl at the window' + 'It doesn't
matter' + 'Suddenly' + 'What am I supposed to do?'
21.01.06: 'Annie' + 'Dirty' + 'All this time' + 'Keep on coming
22.01.06: 'You are the question' + 'This year' + 'It makes you
OVERDUBS recorded throughout 2006 & early 2007
Written, arranged and recorded by ZOO at The Greenhouse, Derbyshire.
- Produced and mixed by Reg Clegg.
- Greenhouse images by R+K Clegg, except title by P Biggins.
- Band pictures by the band.
Who Played What:
-- SPANISH GUITAR on 'Undiscovered' + 'It makes you think'
-- BASS on 'You are the question' + 'This time' +'TFN' + 'Girl
at the window' + 'This year' + 'Dirty' + 'It doesn't matter'
+ 'Keep on coming back' + 'It makes you think'
-- BOWED BASS on 'It makes you think'
-- PIANO on 'This time' + 'Annie' + 'All this time' + 'Suddenly'
-- KEYBOARD on 'What am I supposed to do?'
-- ELECTRONIC RHYTHMS on 'Dirty' + 'TFN'
-- LEAD VOCALS on 'You are the question' + 'TFN' + 'Girl at
the window' + 'Annie' + 'Dirty' + 'It doesn't matter' + 'All
this time' + 'Suddenly' + 'It makes you think'
-- BACKING VOCALS/HARMONIES on 'You are the question' + 'This
time' + 'Girl at the window' + 'Annie' + 'Keep on coming back'
-- PIANO on 'You are the question' + 'This time'(lead) + 'This
year' + 'Undiscovered' + 'Keep on coming back' + 'What am I
supposed to do?'
-- KEYBOARDS on 'You are the question' +'Annie' + 'Dirty' +
'It doesn't matter' + 'Keep on coming back' + 'It makes you
-- RECORDERS/FLUTES on 'TFN'
-- MELODICA on 'Annie'
-- CHIMES on 'All this time'
-- PERCUSSION/CYMBALS on 'TFN'
-- MEGAPHONE on 'Girl at the window'
-- LEAD GUITAR on 'You are the question' + 'This time' +
'This year' + 'Undiscovered' + 'All this time' + 'Keep on coming
back' + 'It makes you think'
-- NYLON GUITAR on 'Girl at the window' + 'Annie' + 'It doesn't
matter' + 'It makes you think' + 'What am I supposed to do?'
-- RHYTHM GUITAR on 'You are the question' + 'TFN' + 'This year'
+ 'Dirty' + 'Keep on coming back'
-- BASS on 'Annie' + 'Suddenly'
-- LEAD VOCALS on 'This time' + 'This year' + 'Keep on coming
back' + 'What am I supposed to do?'
-- BACKING VOCALS on 'Girl at the window' + 'Annie' + 'This
year' + 'Dirty' + 'It doesn't matter' + 'Keep on coming back'
+ 'It makes you think'
-- ELECTRONIC RHYTHMS on 'You are the question' + 'This time'
+ 'Annie' + 'This year' + 'It doesn't matter' + 'Keep on coming
back' + 'Suddenly' + 'It makes you think' + 'What am I supposed
-- PERCUSSION/CYMBALS on 'This time' + 'Annie' + 'This year'
+ 'Keep on coming back' + 'It makes you think'
-- REVERSE CHIMES on 'You are the question'
-- BUZZ WAH on 'Dirty'
-- RADIO on 'Girl at the window'
-- FINGERCLICKS on 'It doesn't matter'
-- KEYBOARD TRUMPET on 'This Year'
-- VINYL on 'Undiscovered'
DAVID IVES (website)
-- FLUTE on 'Suddenly' & 'You are the question'
-- CLARINET on 'It doesn't matter'
of "Dirty", Burton Mail, 16th May 2008
Zoo Dirty (Red Admiral Records) Cheesy, choppy
organs and eccentric faux operatic vocals are held together
by a drumskin tight rhythm section on this classy and
highly impressive crossover jazz nugget from a Derbyshire-based
trio that sure can play.
Evidence of this will be available at Dexters Jazz
Club in Nottingham on Tuesday, May 20, which could well
be a chance to catch a future star name when really hot.
of the new single "Dirty" by FATEA
Records, April 2008
Since we last featured Zoo,
their most recent album, "Greenhouse" went on
to win the 2007 Glasswerk Award for Best Jazz Album. They've
also established themselves across the Midlands. "Dirty"
taken from that self same "Greenhouse" album,
serves as a timely reminder that if you haven't bought
the album already, you should at least check it out. It
also gives the band, a trio, Paul Biggins, Karen and Reg
Clegg an opportunity to reach out to a wider audience
and say, 'Hey this is us, this is what we're about, good
of "Suddenly" by the Hartlepool Mail, October
Light and airy like summer clouds this jazzy number
drifts by, helped on its way by the Cleo Laine-esque
vocals and lazy double bass. Interesting, but very laid
of "Suddenly" by FATEA,
"Suddenly" is the first single from Zoo's
criticallly acclaimed "Greenhouse" album.
Hopefully it'll garner some of the attention needed
to push the album from critical success to a significant
commercial one. Zoo are a jazz trio that create a sensitive
blend of the acoustic and the electric. "Suddenly"
has a groove that gives the impression of the vocalist
laid across a grand piano focusing her attention on
one member of the audience, in this case you. It's relaxed,
but with an edge. Realisation dawns as the song's being
performed that it's not the same as it was.
of "Greenhouse" by Jazzwise,
Vocalist Karen Clegg (a kind
of jazzy Sandy Denny), Reg Clegg and Paul Biggins make
up Derbyshire trio Zoo. They blend jazz chords and 80s
indie guitar melancholia with a shade of electronics.
to "Suddenly" radio play on Rutland FM, October
I'd just like
to say I was listening to the charts on Saturday night
and heard the new single from local band Zoo. I think
it was really good.
Are you likely to be playing more of their stuff? Do you
know if they have a CD out? Can you tell me anything more
about them, please?
of "Suddenly" by Toxic Pete, August 2007
Zoo - Single - Suddenly
Zoo are a jazz combo that are trying to make the often
misunderstood and all too frequently maligned genre more
accessible and understandable. 'Suddenly' is their new
single available on download from October 15th.
going into all the arguments for and against jazz I
feel I should straight away say that 'Suddenly' isn't
gonna tax yer brain too much. 'Suddenly' is slick and
sexy, gently persuasive and very easy on the ear. There's
no self-indulgence to be found anywhere here - ok, I
know it's only a single of just over four minutes but
Zoo keep it all nicely laid back and very much a no-frills
percussion offers loads of space for the expansive bass
work to cast its magic and with delicate piano and flute
set against the bright, precise vocals the whole thing
melds seamlessly into a damn fine piece of nu-jazz -
as chilled as you want it to be or, as vibrant as you
want to make it.
piece is a 'live' recording and probably benefits by
being nicely loose (in the most controlled way!); it
shows that jazz can indeed be a musical art-form for
the twenty-first century and bodes well for future Zoo
releases. 'Suddenly' by Zoo is a pleasantly laid back
piece of accessible jazz that you can enjoy for exactly
what it is - you don't have to think too much or be
a jazz buff to get what Zoo are doin'! Very nice, very
pleasurable and refreshingly different - oh, and certainly
nothing to be the slightest bit frightened of!
J Brown aka toxic pete (www.toxicpete.co.uk)
& Booze rating 8)
of "Greenhouse" by FATEA,
the exception of most of the opening track, "You
Are The Question", "Greenhouse" is a highly
evocative and entertaining that draws heavily on jazz
and mixes it into intimate and rich harmonies. Whilst
sounding simple, Zoo, manage to hide a wealth of complex
interactiosn into their songs with out ever managing to
disappear up their own backside. Even as a three piece
it can be too easy to over indulge in this sort of album,
chosing to show how well you can play rather than providing
something that reaches out to the audience. "Greenhouse"
reaches out and enchants.