Ras Moshe is not a name most people are familiar with. If you listen to straight ahead jazz you probably wouldn't know Ras. Now if you go to some of the 'downtown' performances in New York City and Brooklyn you probably have seen him play. I heard him ten years ago playing Tenor Sax at the Sunday Night Avant Series hosted by Dee Pop at the now defunct CBGB'S. I listened very intensely because many feel free form players are not real players or musicians. Based on what I've heard and seen, some of those opinions are true, but there ...read more
Outsight is a powerful release by multi-instrumentalist Ras Moshe, who is one of the mainstays of the New York City avant-free scene. The album was released by Straw2Gold Pictures, an eclectic organization that specializes in high-end sound production and has branched out with a record label. Straw2Gold's roster features a select group of artists, including guitarist Derek Bailey, poet John Sinclair, and guitarist-writer Eugene Chadbourne. Moshe certainly belongs in such illustrious company; he has devoted his life to keeping the new music new, and the fire music fiery, and it's good to see him getting his due. This ...read more
Things have got to change! That is the cry being heard in the five boroughs of New York City, across the United States and, increasingly, in European cities too. All sorts of people from all sorts of social classes are at the protests--because the realization has dawned that eventually everyone will be impacted by the self-serving machinations of the Wall Street greed merchants and their allies in the world's other financial centers. It's great that jazz is becoming more of a component of the demonstrations. For too long, the music has been marginalized, even ...read more
Saxophonist Ras Moshe has been gradually making a name for himself as one of the best of the fiery saxophonists of the New York underground. He's released a series of limited edition live recordings on the Utech label that have impressed those who have heard them (unfortunately a small number of people). Now comes Transcendence on the Kordova Milkbar label, not much more high profile than Utech but I suspect they may be a little more readily available. Transcendence is a quartet date with Moshe's working group featuring Dave Ross (guitar), Shayna Dulberger (bass) and Rashid Bakr ...read more
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Saturday afternoon at the Vision Festival was billed as the New Generation, intending to show that this is not just about a bunch of old guys with a combined age approaching that of Methuselah on the bandstand.
Ras Moshe and the Music Now Unit
The afternoon kicked off in fine style shortly after One pm with Ras Moshe and the Music Now Unit. Moshe (pronounced Mo-shay) was born in New York into a family of saxophonists, and ...read more
Ras Moshe Live Spirits Vol. 3 Utech Records 2006 Ras Moshe Live Spirits Vol. 4 Utech Records 2006
Ras Moshe is a well known denizen of NYC's downtown scene, a beatific presence whose laid back deportment stands in stark contrast to the intensity of his musical delivery. A recognizable son of Coltrane in terms of harmonic dexterity, restless curiosity and soulful commitment, Moshe has nevertheless developed a light touch and bemused ...read more
Don't let the simple packaging of Ras Moshe's new CDs fool you: Live Spirits No. 1 and Live Spirits No. 2 are rich with sound and spirit, an aural vision quest by one of the city's most important avant-garde saxophonists. Each CD consists of two long songs, giving the musicians ample space to build the music and follow where it leads them. Moshe's keen musical and spiritual intelligence is the guiding force throughout; his skills as a musician, composer and bandleader just keep getting stronger and Live Spirits is testament to his unfolding maturation. The CDs are ...read more
Saxophonist Ras Moshe is on the forefront of musicians keeping avant-garde jazz urgent and vital. Moshe comes blessed with a jazz pedigree: his grandfather played with Lucky Millinder, Earl Bostic, Ella Fitzgerald, and many others, and his father worked with Carlos Garnett, Stanley Cowell, and other musicians in the new music scene in Brooklyn. As a result Moshe is well versed in jazz’s past, but he uses his knowledge to envision the future. And he’s bringing as many musicians with him as he can: Moshe is founder of Music Now!, a roving festival that regularly produces some of New York ...read more
Free or advanced jazz got its start right here in New York City during the early '60s, coalescing as a movement with 1964’s “October Revolution in Jazz”. Most of the musicians taking part in this revolution" are still with us, continuing to make New York their home or appearing here regularly. Thus younger generations, and the layers are thick, have role models to follow, if they choose to do so. Problem is that many do not or, even worse, do so too much. Free Jazz had its roots in the abandonment of forms that preceded it, hence making those form ...read more
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