There is a certain bravery in presenting snapshots of yourself over the course of a decade, as bassist Joseph Patrick Moore does on this appropriately titled compilation. Including a generous nineteen tracks, Decade features Moore in a variety of settings backed by a diverse group of musicians. As expected, his bass work is the focus here, driving the songs and providing a sense of continuity, despite the changing lineups.
Most importantly, Decade fulfills the task of presenting an overview of Moore's five previous albums by featuring the standout tracks from each one. The music itself is sleek and never less than professional. Moore also reveals his taste for unique covers by including his takes on Men At Work's "Down Under and the Police's "Masoko Tanga. The former piece features sweet vocals from Temple Passmore and is surprisingly faithful to the original.
The latter piece is something else entirely, featuring only Moore's overdubbed bass. It comes from Moore's 2002 all-bass album Alone Together, far and away his most unique and involving release ("Waterfall, from the same disc, also appears here and is an even more impressive showcase). Moore's solo bass tracks reveal the extent of his virtuosity without ever sounding self-indulgent. They stretch his skills and imagination in way that his work with a full band can't always match. I wish that more material from Alone Together could have been included here.
That said, Decade is a good overview of what Moore's been up to for the past ten years, providing interested newcomers a useful survey of his work.
Track Listing: Decade; In An Instant; Groovemessenger (The Story of Jazztronica); Datz It; Down Under; Mystery; Soulcloud; Brave Up; Masoko Tanga; Chief Dagga; Herbie; Ashes to Ashes; Fall; Jamband Express; Waterfall; Gypsy Moon Father Sun; Rain Dance; Pause #1 (Dedicated To Miles Davis); Qui Es-Tu Marie Jeanne?
Personnel: Joseph Patrick Moore: double, electric, fretless basses; featuring Jon Chalden: drums; Jimmy Herring: guitar; Bill Anschell: piano; Yonrico Scott: drums; Alvie Givhan: piano; Bo Harris: drums; Count M'Butu: percussion; Scott Thompson: trumpet; Jim Spake: tenor and soprano saxophone; Gerrard Harris: guitar; Brent Cundall: guitar; El Buho: flugelhorn; Adam Nitti: bass; Renardo Ward: drums; Colin Butler: turntable; Kenneth Lovell: flute; Larry Blewitt: drums; Vance Thompson: trumpet; Al Mcspadden: ewi; Temple Passmore: vocals; David Freeman: tenor and soprano saxophone; Bryan Lopes: tenor saxophone; Emrah Kotan: percussion; RKF: soundeffects; Stan Cherednik: alto saxophone; Buzz Amato: keys; Kirsten Shippert: vocals; Bob Marbach: B3 Organ; Tim Ussery: mandolin; Ben Taylor: drums; Al Smith: keys; Jeff Snipe: drums
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. After going through Rock 'n Roll, the Beatles and Heavy Metal/Hard Rock phases over the next eight or so years, I finally bought my first jazz album; We're All Together Again for the First Time by Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan. I was hooked on jazz, and still am 40+ years later.
I moved from England to the USA in 2002, and founded the Brookfield Jazz Society in 2005.
I became editor of the quarterly IAJRC Journalin 2012. The magazine goes to the worldwide membership of the IAJRC (International Association of Jazz Record Collectors) and many major libraries and educational establishments around the world.
As well as being the editor of the IAJRC Journal, I write about jazz and review CDs, vinyl, DVDs and books on jazz.
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