145

Richard Moore: Now What Now

Dan McClenaghan By

Sign in to view read count
Dark Ruminations, tintinnabulations, wails and groans, squeaks and moans, washes of menacing background noise—an existential sountrack for a burgeoning century. That's Richard Moore's Now What Now on Louie Records, one of the more adventurous jazz labels around.



"It's O.K. to have that big question mark there." So says Moore, on his slow-burning new-millennium rant about a "Little Scientist Guy" (track 3) "...messing around with some fundamental stuff." (DNA)



Louie Records, based in percussionist Dave Storrs converted garage in Corvalis, Oregon, is better known for putting out some of most exciting new improvised jazz on the scene. But on this one they embrace Richard Moore's big musical question mark, with an offbeat/spoken word/bongo-backing-the-space-ship-noises soundscape



Remember The Beatles? Four British guys, funny haircuts? They indulged themselves, wonderfully, with some fairly offbeat things late in their game. "Revolution #9" on The White Album, "You Know My Name, Look Up the Number" that was a flip side to one of their later hits. Now What Now has that indulgent, experimental feel to it: let's go out in the garage, turn on the switches and grab some instruments and see what happens atmosphere.

"At some point, the question occurs: what is my purpose in life," says Richard Moore on the title track, before he rolls into a smoldering rumination on the theme.



With Now What Now he seems to have found his.

Title: Now What Now | Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: Louie Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Harmony of Difference CD/LP/Track Review Harmony of Difference
by Phil Barnes
Published: October 18, 2017
Read No Answer CD/LP/Track Review No Answer
by Karl Ackermann
Published: October 18, 2017
Read Agrima CD/LP/Track Review Agrima
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: October 18, 2017
Read Bright Yellow with Bass CD/LP/Track Review Bright Yellow with Bass
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 18, 2017
Read Kurrent CD/LP/Track Review Kurrent
by C. Andrew Hovan
Published: October 17, 2017
Read Duets CD/LP/Track Review Duets
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: October 17, 2017
Read "Love Dance" CD/LP/Track Review Love Dance
by Troy Dostert
Published: March 25, 2017
Read "Prog Noir" CD/LP/Track Review Prog Noir
by Glenn Astarita
Published: November 3, 2016
Read "The Eighth Hour Of Amduat" CD/LP/Track Review The Eighth Hour Of Amduat
by Roger Farbey
Published: January 9, 2017
Read "Eos" CD/LP/Track Review Eos
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 28, 2017
Read "2468 West Grand Boulevard" CD/LP/Track Review 2468 West Grand Boulevard
by Rob Rosenblum
Published: December 27, 2016
Read "Solstice" CD/LP/Track Review Solstice
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: October 30, 2016

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.