Out of the creative firestorm of avant-garde music in New York comes Noodle Shop, an impromptu quartet consisting of Elliott Sharp, John Kruth, Jonathan Segel, and Atilla Engin. Their debut recording, which was recorded shortly after the death of the idiosyncratic blind multi-instrumentalist Moondog, spans the range from funk to free jazz with many stops in between.
The idea here, as far as I can tell, is to leave no stone unturned in their musical journey. Swirling mists of free jazz clarify into deep grooves with an improvisatory edge. A generous helping of Middle Eastern and African influence leaps out of the mix (including an acknowledged debt to the master musicians of Jajouka). Though not without due attention to structure and form, Moon Dog Girl experiments quite creatively with style and instrumentation. Fresh is the operative word. For the open-minded, this recording is guaranteed to satisfy.
Track Listing: Leopold in Mali; Old World Kraftsmanship; Every Pregnant Woman's Worst Nightmare; Moondog's Blues; Medley:
Distressed Passenger / Like Walkin' on Your Nose / Old World Kraftsmanship Part 2: Songs My Grandmother
Taught Me; Medley: I Wasn't Aware That I Wasn't Awake / The Sonny Blount Side of the Street / Little Onions;
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.