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Cooper-Moore: Catharsis and Creation in Community Spirit

Read "Cooper-Moore: Catharsis and Creation in Community Spirit" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

It's tempting to think of a life in music as a linear story with a beginning, middle and end, because that's the way life is: we are born, we live, and then we die. In this narrative, one could assume there will be highs and lows and masterpieces might emerge out of a misty fog of events. The idea is that some pieces of music must be better than others. This way of thinking naturally poses the question of which ...


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Vision Festival 2017

Read "Vision Festival 2017" reviewed by Frank Rubolino

New York's Vision Festival of innovative music marked its 22nd anniversary last month with another stellar lineup boasting pioneers of the avant-garde playing alongside a premier cadre of younger musicians. Presented at the historic Judson Memorial Church in the heart of Greenwich Village by Arts for Art, the festival featured six nights of challenging music, much of it instantly composed. Each year, the festival honors a living legend with a Lifetime Achievement award. This year's recipient was Cooper-Moore, who was ...


Album Review

Cooper-Moore: The Cedar Box Recordings

Read "The Cedar Box Recordings" reviewed by Ted Gordon

Cooper-Moore, at first glance, can be compared to a savant subway musician: eccentric, obsessed with repeating melodic and rhythmic patterns, fast, passionate, eye-catching. Though many subway musicians would never sound good besides the brief respite they afford a too-crowded platform, occasionally there is one that is so moving, so original and so well-composed that they warrant another listen. That's kind of how it feels when listening to Cooper-Moore's The Cedar Box Recordings. This collection archives both his amazing ...


Album Review

Cooper-Moore: The Cedar Box Recordings

Read "The Cedar Box Recordings" reviewed by Mark Corroto

In 2004, the multi-instrumentalist Cooper-Moore and 50 Miles of Elbow Room released a handmade cedar box filled with 5 vinyl 7" records, each with the artist playing a different handmade instrument. These collectible art pieces were soon sold out.But you're in luck, as AUM Fidelity along with 50 Miles of Elbow Room is repressing the Cedar Box recordings in a limited edition of 500 CDs, silkscreened and hand numbered to commemorate Cooper-Moore's 2008 solo American tour.The ...


Album Review

Cooper-Moore / Assif Tsahar / Chad Taylor: Digital Primitives

Read "Digital Primitives" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Take a touch of blues-edged funk, add some free jazz (of both the howling and Eastern-meditative varieties), a dash of African percussion and a sprinkling of didgeridoo, and you may (or may not) begin to get some idea of the musical gumbo served up by Cooper-Moore, Taylor and Tsahar on Digital Primitives.

And if you don't know your Bo Diddley from your diddley bow, then all will become clear on the opening track, “Turn it Up. Cooper-Moore plays ...


Album Review

Cooper-Moore: Outtakes 1978

Read "Outtakes 1978" reviewed by Jeff Stockton

About ten years ago, Cooper-Moore was a bona fide man of mystery. He had a reputation as a formally trained, creatively inspired master improviser who was fluent on just about any instrument he touched (particularly the piano), but he was also in possession of a notoriously maverick heart. It was said he would only perform and record with William Parker, usually with the In Order to Survive quartet. And when he stepped away from the piano, he made his own ...


Album Review

Cooper-Moore: Outtakes 1978

Read "Outtakes 1978" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

These outtakes from 1978 conclusively document music as a force with constant appeal. Cooper-Moore is a multi-instrumentalist with many interests and pursuits, the spectrum of his calling seen in the wide range of his music. Improvisation is a key factor in his work, but composition also plays an integral role. Besides, he can grab the ear with his gift for melody.

As is evident from the song titles, each piece is played in different instrumental combinations. One of ...


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