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Drummer, Stanton Moore extends the lineage of the great New Orleans reared drummers along with a deeply personalized and often rip-roaring viewpoint on his latest solo effort. A founding member of the so-called, "steamroller funk" outfit known as Galactic, the drummer and his notable musical associates endow the listener with a downright riotous series of grooves on this upbeat production. Simply put, Moore and bassist, Chris Wood (Medeski, Martin & Wood) display magical synergistic qualities throughout these jazzed-up, and thoroughly funkified rhythmic endeavors. Wood's booming acoustic lines and Moore's heavy handed straight four beat, on the opener "Tang the Hump," provides the listener with a harbinger of what looms ahead. Perhaps a prelude that is akin to a - calm before the storm - type vibe as the band segues into a sprightly jazz vamp, featuring saxophonists, Karl Denson, and Skerik's tuneful choruses.
The musicians render a Nawlins second line motif amid a few spurts of Eastern modalities during the rousing piece titled, "Fallin' Off the Floor." Highlights abound on "Things Fall Apart," as the rhythm section accelerates the proceedings into overdrive in support of electric guitarist, Brian Seeger's psychedelic (and playfully neurotic) lead lines. While tenor saxophonist, Skerik must have blown a hole through the studio roof on the trio-based number, "Magnolia Triangle." Overall, Moore's funk-drenched formulas reap colossal dividends!
As a songwriter and vocalist, I love jazz for the experience of being in the center of intense creativity. It is the most potent form of music for keeping the artist and the audience in the 'now. Being in the moment is essential for humans, and we need help in learning how to do that. As a songwriter, I need the depth of musicality that jazz voicings can give my stories. My songs seem light and whimsical, but the message is not.
I met my main collaborator, Mark Fitzgibbon, at one of his gigs. I needed to do my first original album, and his playing was masterful, robust, and beautiful. At the time, I didn't realize how suited we were as a team. We're onto our 4rth album together.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to a really clear and simple version of a song so you can then hear what the musicians are doing and enjoy their creativity and musicality. Also, you have to see jazz live to appreciate it fully. You'll never feel it the same way listening to a CD or online. You need the vibration to go through your body to really get it!
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