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Stanton Moore Goes Indie

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Drummer Stanton Moore is one of the prodigal sons of jny: New Orleans. His fans know him well from projects like Galactic, Garage a Trois and Dragon Smoke, which prodigiously fuse rock, jazz and funk. Moore, whose musical career spans nearly 25 years, is also an educator and has released several instructional books and DVDs. However, he had never recorded a jazz-only album. Before taking that step, he immersed himself in the jazz world, and played with jazz veterans James Singleton and David Torkanowsky for a couple of years. When he felt ready to record the ...

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Stanton Moore: Groove Alchemy

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Groove Alchemy is not only the perfect title for Stanton Moore's album, it effectively sums up the unique means by which he makes music. The rhythm he conjures up morphs into melody then back again in such as remarkable natural fashion, it almost (but not quite) defies description.

It's voodoo of some kind the way Moore hammers out the beat of the first two tracks, “Squash Blossom" and “Pie Eyed Manc," only to have them shape-shift into the fluid motion of Robert Walter's organ and the quick flick of Will Bernard's guitar. Perhaps more so than its predecessor, ...

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Stanton Moore Trio at the Last Concert Cafe

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Stanton Moore Trio Last Concert Cafe Houston, Texas December 5, 2008

Jazz shows don't always draw large crowds in Houston, especially for music that leans towards experimental funk, but the Stanton Moore Trio's show at The Last Concert Cafe was in fact very well attended, and the venue's outdoor stage was put to good use, despite the sub-50 degree temperatures (BRRR!) which for South Texas is considered COLD. Didn't seem to phase the crowd which was an interesting mix of music fans, from jazz lovers to rock & rollers, hippies, and post-jammers. The Stanton ...

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Stanton Moore Trio: Emphasis! (On Parenthesis)

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Right from the beginning of this CD, it's such a pleasure to hear Stanton Moore play the drums, it's an effort to remember he is also the bandleader, co-producer and main idea-man behind Emphasis! (On the Parenthesis). With this trio work, the New Orleans native takes another step toward elevating himself to that upper echelon of jazz drummers including Art Blakey and Tony Williams.

And Moore does it all without calling attention to himself at any point. On the opener, “(Late Night at The) Maple Leaf," his syncopated drum work is only one of a series of the track's highlights. ...

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Stanton Moore Trio: Emphasis! (On Parenthesis)

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When New Orleans native son Stanton Moore settles down behind his drum kit, what's sure to follow is enough electrifying energy and raw power to rebuild The Crescent City all by its own bad self.Moore's rocking and rolling drums are pushed upfront in the mix, but they don't drown out Will Bernard's guitar and Robert Walter's keyboards. This trio is very much a democracy and there's plenty of room for each musician to go off on his own, while still staying within the framework of the band.Nothing here is meant to be taken too seriously, as ...

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Stanton Moore: III

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Sometimes it's fun to play “Six Degrees of Separation, though in the case of Stanton Moore's III, it's a simple game. The New Orleans drummer has worked with organist Robert Walter on numerous occasions, most recently on Walter's groove-centric Super Heavy Organ (Magnatude Records, 2005). Guitarist Will Bernard is no stranger to music with a visceral energy, as evident through his work with TJ Kirk, also featuring eight-string guitarist Charlie Hunter. Hunter has worked with Moore many times, notably with the ongoing Garage a Trois project, completing the connection.

Saxophonist Skerik is, of course, a charter member of Garage a ...

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Stanton Moore: Living Outside the Box

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These days, it seems as if everyone is obsessed with the phrase, “thinking outside the box. Aside from being the most over-used phrase in marketing, it also happens to be the most misused phrase. Typically, it is applied to the antithesis of the idea, like a fastfood chain. When in comes to music, in these days of prefab-prepackaged-made-to-order American-Idol music (i.e. as “inside the box as possible), things are more homogenized than ever. Coming from New Orleans, with an openness to all forms of music, drummer Stanton Moore represents the epitome of “thinking outside the box. His gigs ...

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Stanton Moore: Flyin' The Koop

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Drummer, Stanton Moore extends the lineage of the great New Orleans reared drummers along with a deeply personalized and often rip-roaring viewpoint on his latest solo effort. A founding member of the so-called, “steamroller funk" outfit known as Galactic, the drummer and his notable musical associates endow the listener with a downright riotous series of grooves on this upbeat production. Simply put, Moore and bassist, Chris Wood (Medeski, Martin & Wood) display magical synergistic qualities throughout these jazzed-up, and thoroughly funkified rhythmic endeavors. Wood's booming acoustic lines and Moore's heavy handed straight four beat, on the opener “Tang the Hump," ...

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Stanton Moore: All Kooked Out!

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It takes a special kind of drummer to be a leader. Maybe a nervy one. There's the temptation to grandstand with showy over-domination or remain buried in a rhythm section and let someone else take the honors. The most successful drummer-leaders are either innovative melodists like Art Blakey, Shelly Manne and Tony Williams. Or they're artful percussionists like Louis Bellson, Chico Hamilton or Leon Parker.Then there's Stanton Moore. As a New Orleans native, he's grown up on the Mardi Gras gumbo of the Meters and Professor Longhair. But as a drummer, he digs deep into the boogaloo bayou ...



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