Digital Primitives, with Chad Taylor on drums, expands the sonic landscape Assif Tsahar and Cooper-Moore carved out with drummer Hamid Drake on Lost Brother (Hopscotch, 2006) by removing a few of the typical saxophone trio tracks and replacing them with more in the way of fuzz, distortion and over-modulation. Not that this band is in need of exotic touches, since Cooper-Moore seems to have set aside his piano virtuosity and reapplied it to his own homemade instruments, including the bows (mouth and one-string diddley) and the bango (which doesn't quite sound like a banjo).
As a listener, you have to be willing to go where Cooper-Moore takes you, as Tsahar and Taylor are inclined to do. But while the trio executes the slow march of "Bones and the 1970s sitcom-theme funk of "Misanthropes with expected skill and effortlessly moves from the second-line Meters-rhythm of "Turn it Up to explore the atonality of "Money Wars, it's the unconventional tracks that make this group special.
The amplified diddley-bow and breakbeat of "Human Interface ; the static, doings and whirs that encircle Tsahar's wheezing tenor on "Electric Garden ; and the title track, with didgeridoo mumbling in the background and a distorted mouth bow crying like a saw, all allow dissonance to rise organically from the mix and embellish the established rhythms.
Best of all, however, might be "Ol' Saint Peter, where Cooper-Moore's lyrics wed the heavenly with the earthly and jaunty bango strumming, topped off by a lovely Tsahar tenor overdub, carries his megaphoned singing voice along. It whets your appetite for Cooper-Moore Plays and Sings the Standards.
Track Listing: Turn it Up; Ol' Saint Peter; Human Interface; Electric Garden; Bones; Digital Primitives; Misanthropes; True to Life; Money Wars; Refuge; Back it Up.
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.