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  • Audio CD (March 13, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Savoy Jazz
  • ASIN: B000N3ST70
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,062 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The debut release from Dept. of Good and Evil provides heavy jazz arrangements of hand-picked selections from pop icons such as: Joy Division, The Police, Echo and The Bunnymen as well as from modern rock favorites Death Cab for Cutie and Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jan P. Dennis on March 29, 2007
Format: Audio CD
. . . both to show off her prodigious chops and to interact with her musical peers. The hugely talented Ms. Z seems to have often wound up in settings that failed to manifest her genius--so much so that some of my astute musical friends wrote her off as merely a chops-heavy, bombastic keyboardist. Add to that slinky, seductive cover art and she's positioned more as a cultural icon than a serious artist. Nor does it help that her last recording, Grace, found her venturing into pop-jazz waters with a less-than-mesmerizing vocal outing.

Forget all that.

The classically trained pianist (check out her brilliant reworking of a Delibes piece, "Lakme") that made wonderful piano-trio tribute albums to Wayne Shorter and Joni Mitchell is back with her strongest outing to date. It helps immensely that she's found an absolutely sympathetic band, starting especially with the drum chair, featuring the absolutely amazing Bobbie Rae, a name unknown to me, but boy, can he play! Where has this dude been? He reminds me of another modern drummer, Yoron Israel, who's never gotten his due, especially his concept on snare, with a little Billy Kilson thrown in. Bassist Maeve Royce (also never before heard by me) makes a strong impression as well, with her solid Paul Chamberish concept, somewhat reminiscent of Jon Webber. Several numbers featuring Tony Levin on electric bass and Erik Naslund on trumpet provide extra color, dynamics and drive. This band's ensemble playing shimmers with absolutely gorgeous sympathetic conversation, all executed with seeming ease against a background of subtly shifting rhythmic figures.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Evelyn A. Getchell TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 19, 2009
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I was recently listening to a great all-night jazz program on my local FM NPR radio station and heard "Ain't No Sunshine". Even though I am a classical nut and only listen to jazz occasionally, I was so taken by the piece that I went to the station's website to check the playlist so I could find the album for my own somewhat limited jazz collection. Without even hearing the rest of the album, I ordered it from an Amazon seller, a little worried that the rest of the album might be dreadful smooth jazz or pop, music I'm just not interested in. How thrilled I was to discover how brilliant this album really is! I think it was truly a lucky, enlightened find ~ this album for me classifies as really great jazz! I have been enjoying it immensely and I am very impressed with Rachel Z and the other musicians of Dept of Good and Evil. The only weakness (and it is minor) is the vocals on 2 tracks but the music is so good that I don't really mind. Besides the Bill Wither's piece that I previously mentioned, I especially love this group's jazz treatment of classical composer Leo Delibes's "Lakme". Just beautiful! I am very happy to recommend this fine, fine album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By HELION on March 12, 2013
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Credit to the cast not just the name.Rachel Z has been at it for a loooong time and I have followed her work from the start..
She really picked up steam after bringing in a young drummer arranger named Bobbie Rae who not only produced this disc but her previous 5 including the Sublime "Moon at the window disc""Stunning"..
The arc of that collaboration was reached on the "Dept Of Good And Evil"disc in my opinion.. It was a bold,brave move in an otherwise conservative jazz climate...
I was lucky enough to see this group perform this discs music in concert no less than 7 times from festivals to the blue note and jazz standard gigs in nyc..It was amazing..
From the choices of modern songs to the amazing way they navigate from one pivot point to the next,it just never lets up...
The artwork on the package is really cool and very different from most jazz releases as well..I think they jumped a bit ahead of the pack and shortly after this release every other nyc jazz combo was releasing some sort of"modern jazz set..
I tagged my review with the drummers name because in the 8 years I have been following ms Z the best and most stunning work came from when that man was producing as well as playing drums on her recordings..
I love this disc and my only complaint is that it was to be the last with such a stellar cast...
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