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Three talented guys have combined to produce a great listen on the Dixieland scene with “The History of Jazz: Volume 2: Dedications.” Michael Moore comes together with Ken Peplowski and Tom Melito to form the Michael Moore Trio for this look back at the traditions of Jazz. The album features six original Michael Moore tunes dedicated to jazz giants, and the balance of the project is filled with remembrances of such artists as Cannonball Adderley, Ray Noble and Johann Sebastian Bach!
Each piece gives the sense of a close-knit group of musicians who really get into their gig. The tune “Nardis” seems a fantastic example of mood setting when the musicians are in it. The result is a tune that tends to show the relaxed moods of Miles Davis, the author of the song. An interesting fact pointed out in the liner notes is that this tune is one of Davis’ creations that he never recorded, and while Bill Evans may have co-written the tune, he is the artist who has recorded it the most. A smooth, sometimes exhilarating drive home album, or something to relax with after a long day...a chance to let three talented musicians relieve a little of the stress of the day.
Track Listing: Wabash; Jimmy Rowles; Mr. Brubeck; My Shining Hour; Cave of the Heart
for Bill Evans; Cherokee; Bach Cello Suite/Yesterdays; Triple Play; Ballade
for Very Tired and VEry Sad Lotus Eaters; If Dreams Come True; Shorter
Tale for Wayne Shorter; Nardis; Tom: for Antonio Carlos Jobim; Waltz
New; Herbie Nichols
Personnel: Michael Moore: Bass, Piano on Jimmy Rowles; Ken Peplowski: Clarinet,
Tenor Sax; Tom Melito: Drums