286

Mike Moreno: Between The Lines

Mark F. Turner By

Sign in to view read count
Mike Moreno: Between The Lines
Mike Moreno's stylized and progressive playing has made him the guitarist of choice for many rising musicians' recordings including trumpeter Jeremy Pelt's Identity (MaxJazz, 2005), saxophonist John Ellis' By A Thread (Hyena, 2006) and drummer Kendrick Scott's The Source (World Culture Music, 2007). Now he's at the helm with the impressive debut Between the Lines.

Enlisting help from a solid crew of young musicians including saxophonist Marcus Strickland and drummer Kendrick Scott; Moreno's eight compositions show a maturity and depth beyond his youthful appearance. The group interaction, with superlative written material, is interpreted into thoughtful and detailed pieces that show Moreno's developing style. Examples include the spiraling path of "World Of The Marionettes," where his electric guitar is liquid, smooth, inquisitive and free.

Creative liberties are also exercised on the mid-western aura of "Forward And Back," which begins with a faint AM radio sound quality intro from the guitar and piano, and then turns into an intricate and well-composed work of modern music.

Moreno's acoustic playing is a pleasant surprise on "Gondola" and "Road Song," which also includes some fine soloing by pianist Aaron Parks. This is by no mean just a guitar recording but a well-conceived ensemble project, as witnessed on the piano/guitar duo "Still Here" and "Uncertainty," with its intense-to-calm changes featuring a distinct tenor sax solo from John Ellis and tingling drum work by Tyshawn Sorey.

It would be easy to compare Moreno to longtime influential guitarists like Pat Metheny, but this is music showing the growth of a young musician who has his own ideas and the means to fulfill them. Between the Lines stands on its own as a bonafide work of enjoyable music from an up-and-coming guitarist who is well worth checking out.

Track Listing

World Of The Marionettes; Old Wise Tale; Forward And Back; Gondola; Road Song; Between The Lines; Still Here; Uncertainty.

Personnel

Mike Moreno: electric and acoustic guitars; John Ellis: tenor and soprano saxophones (3, 6, 8,); Marcus Strickland: tenor saxophone (1, 2); Aaron Parks: piano; Doug Weiss: bass; Kendrick Scott: drums (1-6); Tyshawn Sorey: drums (8).

Album information

Title: Between The Lines | Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: World Culture Music

Post a comment about this album

Tags

Shop Amazon

More

Read Cranbrook Christmas Jazz
Cranbrook Christmas Jazz
Rodney Whitaker with the Christ Church Cranbrook Choir
Read The New Orleans Collection: For All We Know
The New Orleans Collection: For All We Know
Ellis Marsalis with Jason Marsalis
Read Echoes Of Africa
Echoes Of Africa
The Invisible Session

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.