Take Five With Joseph Patrick Moore
For more than a decade Joseph Patrick Moore has been touring, recording, and establishing himself as an artist with a unique voice and a diversity of talents. His skills as bassist; composer; arranger; producer; author; educator and founding partner of Blue Canoe Digital illustrate why he is a highly sought after musician. Moore's music and creative vision echo the spirits of Quincy Jones and Herbie Hancock, to name a few.
Bass, double bass, electric bass, fretless bass, producer.
Teachers and/or influences?
I started taking bass lessons in Knoxville, TN in 1987 with The University of TN bass instructor Rusty Holloway. Rusty was directly responsible for my early development, motivation and exposing me to all styles of music. In 1991, I moved to Memphis and continued to study privately with Tim Goodwin and Scott Reed}}. Both Tim and Scott teach at the University of Memphis and are amazing players.
My influences are Miles Davis, Paul Chambers, Herbie Hancock, Stanley Clarke, Jaco Pastorius, Marcus Miller, Jimi Hendrix and so many others.
I knew I wanted to be a musician when...
That's hard to say as music has always been a part of my life every since I can remember. I grew up in the school band program, playing both saxophone and drums in the high school marching band. It wasn't until my later years in High School that I knew I could make a profession out of it. When I went to my first rock concert to see Iron Maiden, I was knocked out by the powerful sound of bass man Steve Harris and I believe that sealed the deal for me.
Your sound and approach to music:
My sound is always in flux and I'm continuously searching for my "voice." However, my approach is grounded in the fundamentals.
Your teaching approach:
While I'm not currently teaching privately, I did teach for many years. My philosophy and method centered around proper technique, learning your instrument, learning to read, learning to listen and developing good practice habits.
Your dream band:
I would love to put Herbie Hancock and Imogen Heap in a recording studio to see what would evolve with that collaboration. Using electronic sounds ensconced with a modern jazz tradition of jazz/new age improvisation would be an interesting recording date.
Road story: Your best or worst experience:
It's not a funny story, however I was playing a show and the lead singer had a heart attack on stage. Additionally it happened again with another band (keyboard player). Thankfully both recovered and all is well. To be standing beside someone when that happens is a bit painful to watch. It definitely left a mark on me to cherish every second that God gives us.
My three favorite clubs are The Rams Head (Maryland), Tipitina's (original- New Orleans), The Variety Playhouse (Atlanta). There are several others, but those are the ones that stand out for me.
Your favorite recording in your discography and why?
That's a very difficult question to answer. To be honest, I usually don't like many of the recording's I've made as a leader. I'm trying to always grow and push the envelope musically and otherwise. In the words of U2, "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For."
All that to say, the recording that maybe best encompasses where I'm coming from now is "To Africa With Love." I'm not scared to take chances musically. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don't. Additionally, I like to incorporate jazz improvisation/arranging/composing with other styles of music.
As a sideman, I've had the honor and privilege to work with many talented artist's, producers and engineers. That's too difficult for me to say as I respect all of them for different reasons so I'll plead the fifth.
The first Jazz album I bought was:
Bitches Brew, by Miles Davis. Since I was a product of the MTV video age and started playing bass learning songs by The Police, Metallica and others, Bitches Brew was the perfect catalyst into the world of jazz. From this recording, I started tracing the roots back to Louis Armstrong and all points in-between. I listened and studied from the masters such as Duke Ellington, Bud Powell, Charlie Parker, Ray Brown and so many others. Bitches Brew was a pivotal turning point for me.