Primary Instrument: Band/orchestra
Since it’s inception in Lawrence, KS in 2004, the progressive fusion band DOJO has been steadily working their way to the surface by striving to produce technical music that has soul or meaning. Named after the term used in Zen Guitar, DOJO is a special place for three gifted musicians to grow. In addition to a healthy diet of gigs, they have played several festivals including the 2006 and 2007 Wakarusa Music Festivals and BrewGrass Music and Brewery Festival. In 2006, the group performed in Favored Nations “Night of Pure Guitar” concert featuring members of Steve Vai’s band and NYC guitar wizard Rob Balducci. DOJO has also held the opening slot for ALO. DOJO has three records out including Live at the Jazzhaus recorded at their favorite hometown venue. DOJO’s music has been described as Van Halen meets Coltrane. The band’s latest release Studiojo would be a great way to introduce the band to you....
With so many good jazz guitarists around the area, it’s a little surprising that we don’t hear much guitar-driven jazz fusion in our clubs and concert halls.
The band Dojo from Lawrence is ready to fill the gap. Powered by guitarist Brian Baggett, bassist Chris Handley and drummer Luke Stone, it plays the hard-edged stuff inspired by Allan Holdsworth, John McLaughlin, Pat Metheny and Jaco Pastorius � with some Yes and King Crimson in the mix
Dojo will play the next concert in the Jazz & Beyond series at 8 p.m. Saturday at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 4501 Walnut St. Tickets cost $10. The concert is also a celebration of the release of its third CD, “Studiojo.”
- Joe Klopus - Kansas City Star kansascity.com November 6, 2008
In an unbroken line of fusion bands beginning with the head-turning Mahavishnu Orchestra in the early '70s comes the Kansas outfit Dojo with their studio disc, aptly titled 'Studiojo'. Guitarheads will certainly enjoy Brian Baggett's mercurial lines and tasty phrasing. Give it a listen.
- Dan McAvinchey - Guitar 9 records guitar9.com October 29, 2008
Dojo's new album Studiojo offers listeners a diverse, progressive array of styles and sounds. With foot-tapping grooves and sometimes contemplative, sometimes rocking, guitar solos, the album perfectly captures the band's self-described style: Van Halen meets John Coltrane. Check out some of my favorite tracks like Something She Said, One Key, and Dojo and you'll get a real sense of this group's dynamic ability and fearless approach to playing the music they love.
- Joel Burnett, Jazz in the Morning DJ - 90.7 KJHK kjhk.org October 24, 2008
Brian Baggett, one of Kansas City’s finest of a younger generation of jazz guitarists, has a secret to share � his alter ego leading the stunning instrumental jazz/rock fusion trio DOJO. Owing as much to early progressive rock groups such as YES, King Crimson, and Genesis, as it does the classic 70’s fusion of Pat Metheny and John McLaughlin � DOJO releases their third CD entitled “Studiojo”, and is the next installment on the exciting Jazz & Beyond concert series at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 8.
- Jazz Ambassador Magazine - Oct. 2008
“It was a true musical discovery the new Studiojo album and you deserve all the most sincere congratulations in the world for such an outstanding piece of true art!! Sensational musicianship...masterful technical skills and very inspired compositions!!! Sincerest congratulations...and I'll be more then delighted to play such a great album to the good music lovers here in Resita-Romania!!!”
- Ovidiu Dumitrescu, For the Love of Guitar DJ� 105.6 Radio Resita, Romania October 18, 2008
DOJO has a unique way of staying away from the predictable. By focusing on the song's inherent platform for heavy exploration, DOJO doesn't rely on cliched riffs and soloing.
Brian Baggett gives you doses of Cream-Era Clapton intensity and then ups the ante by displaying lethal legato lines. - Abstractlogix.com
DOJO offers instruction on improvisation, group interplay, and gear suggestions.