Universal Congress Of

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Universal Congress Of
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
GenresPunk jazz
Years active1986–present
LabelsSST, Enemy, Hazelwood
Associated actsSaccharine Trust
MembersJoe Baiza
Steve Gaeta
Paul Lines
Steve Moss
Past membersJacob Cohn
Rick Cox
Mike Demers
Bob Fitzer
A.P. Gonzalez
Ralph Gorodetsky
Lynn Johnston
Jason Kahn
Paul Uriaz

Universal Congress Of are an American jazz ensemble from Los Angeles, formed in 1986. The project was started by Joe Baiza and continued to develop his own fusion of free jazz and punk rock after his previous band, Saccharine Trust, went on hiatus. Congress' approach to free jazz has earned them comparisons to Ornette Coleman, while the group themselves have pointed to Albert Ayler as a primary source of inspiration.[1]

In an issue of Mountain Bike, bassist Tim Commerford of Rage Against the Machine spoke of his admiration of the band's funky and jazz tinged style.[2]


Studio albums
Live albums


  1. ^ Sharp, Charles Michael (2008). Improvisation, Identity and Tradition: Experimental Music Communities in Los Angeles. ProQuest. p. 224. Retrieved October 8, 2012.
  2. ^ Vontz, Andrew (May 2006). "Fresh Tracks". Mountain Bike. Rodale, Inc.: 14. Retrieved October 8, 2012.

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