239

Mark Moultrup: Dar Cho

Edward Blanco By

Sign in to view read count
Mark Moultrup: Dar Cho Chicago pianist Mark Moultrup embraces the Tibetan spiritual call for spreading good will and compassion to all known as Dar Cho, the Tibetan word for "prayerflag," and dedicates this new musical project to the same cause. An innovative composer and vocalist, Moultrup fashions a cleaver session of modern and mainstream jazz through a landscape of ten new originals—some sprinkled with a touch of bebop and elements of light classical music, and rounding out the repertoire with new interpretations of three familiar standards. Marked by rich modern harmonies and odd time signatures, the music is exceptionally diverse and challenging, with no two pieces sounding alike.

While the recording is replete with examples of Moultrup's talents on the keys, it's also obvious that the pianist likes to sing, which he does on a good portion of the album. Possessing a fine voice but certainly no Frank Sinatra, the pianist sings a lively upbeat version of "Come Fly with Me" and delivers an expected gentler rendition of the Sinatra favorite "Summer Wind." The major difference with Moultrup's versions are, of course, the tasteful piano solos, making them much jazzier than the straight vocals often heard. His vocals lend energy to other pieces, including Antonio Carlos Jobim' standard, "Corcovado"; the creative mainstream burner "What About"; the jumpy "Avant Garlic"; and the beautiful balladic "It Has Always Been You."

All is not left to songs however, as there is a fair share of instrumental pieces where Moultup proceeds to demonstrate his appreciable chops and gift for writing, with a slew of very entertaining tunes. There's a bit of funk on "Burger in the Bush," along with the traditional jazz sounds at the beginning of "When Then Was Now," introduced with a tinge of classical style. In fact, there are several compositions that meld elements of jazz with classical flavorings, including "Ted's Last Song," "Waltz" and "Of A Dream," all of which contain marvelous performances from the pianist.

Bassist Rodney Whitaker, saxophonist/flautist John Wojciechowski and drummer George Fludas join Moultrup as his core crew, while others appear sparingly. Dar Cho may not be easy to define, considering the mix of vocals, instrumentals and blend of varying genres encountered. But its variety is the album's major asset, as Moultrup offers slices of many genres, tastefully wrapped in a nice package of jazz that's worth unwrapping often.


Track Listing: When Then Was Now; Corcovado; What About; Ted's Last Song; Good Will in the Wind; Avant Garlic; Waltz; Of a Dream; It Has Always Been You; Burger in the Bush; Come Fly With Me; Summer Wind; I Know It's Only Be Bop.

Personnel: Mark Moultrup: piano, vocals; Rodney Whitaker: bass; George Fludas: drums; John Wojciechowski: tenor saxophone, flute; Kurt Sweitz: arco bass (8); Michael Levin: flute (5); Ernie Adams: percussion (5).

Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: Self Produced | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Akua's Dance CD/LP/Track Review Akua's Dance
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Daylight Ghosts CD/LP/Track Review Daylight Ghosts
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Live at PafA CD/LP/Track Review Live at PafA
by Matthew Aquiline
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Ocean of Storms CD/LP/Track Review Ocean of Storms
by Troy Dostert
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Transparent Water CD/LP/Track Review Transparent Water
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Billows Of Blue CD/LP/Track Review Billows Of Blue
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 20, 2017
Read "Desertion" CD/LP/Track Review Desertion
by Glenn Astarita
Published: June 11, 2016
Read "Between Brothers" CD/LP/Track Review Between Brothers
by Jack Bowers
Published: March 29, 2016
Read "Gurutopia" CD/LP/Track Review Gurutopia
by James Nadal
Published: March 22, 2016
Read "Brückenshlag" CD/LP/Track Review Brückenshlag
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: August 9, 2016
Read "Cosmic Adventure" CD/LP/Track Review Cosmic Adventure
by James Nadal
Published: August 16, 2016
Read "Blooming Tall Phlox" CD/LP/Track Review Blooming Tall Phlox
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 16, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!