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Doom Jazz

by Invocation Trio

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"Sounds like...doom jazz."

- Some guy in San Francisco.

Doom jazz, a collection of cautionary tales of dire portent, is perhaps my favorite record by this band.I was on a six week odyssey across the Western half of the U.S., culminating with this recording session in Los Angeles with my Invo brothers. I had thought that Invo was done, having gone our separate ways for nearly a decade, so our return to the studio was glorious!

Steve Peplin

The program starts with a four movement requiem of sorts.
1 "Magnus" is dedicated to the spirit of Shawn Scott Sanders, who was part of the original band, "Invocation." He passed on Imbolc of 2009. Magnus was one of his many nicknames.
2 "Mayatuk" is dedicated to the spirit of Jimmy's Beloved husky of the same, who departed shortly after Shawn.
3 "Lethe", the river of forgetfullness. Here, the task is to try to recall an idea, only to forget it more each time it is recalled.
4 "Escape from Hell", there is a way out, but it may only be found once.
5 "Area 52" isn't about aliens.
6 "Pandora's Box" isn't about Pandora's Box.
7 "Dragonslayer". Exhausted and nearly spent, we decided to create one more piece, whereby Brian mutters 'Fuck it, Dragonslayer.'
This is the most cliched and iconic doomed quest a hero can take, the perfect story for yours truly. What chance can one armored knight have against a primordial being that is one with the elements, possesses a demigod-like genius and has been slaying upstart treasure hunters for hundreds of years?
We took it there all the way, but who wins, the Knight or the Dragon?


released April 30, 2013

Brian Hawlk - Alto Saxophone, Bass
Jimmy Kuehn - Drums, Bass, Piano
Steve Peplin - Guitar, Piano

Recorded in Los Angeles at Eggplant Studios, August, 2011.
Engineered by Darren Elpant
Cover by Ryan Fitzpatrick (
Copyright 2013, Aeclectica Music / Invocation, ASCAP
Mastered by Adam Tucker (



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Invocation Trio Los Angeles, California

Invocation Trio, formed in Boston in 1995, consists of film composer / Alto sax man, Brian Hawlk, Monster drummer Jimmy Kuehn (Black Coat frontman and guitarist) and orchestral guitarist, Steve Peplin. 'Invo Trio' tells a story with each piece, cautionary tales, colorful and intense sonic vistas, blending the sensibilities of modern classical, jazz, metal and the avant garde. ... more

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