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Rob Mosher: Polebridge

Read "Polebridge" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Soundtrack music can complement a piece of cinema by adding suspense, describe the onscreen action or, in the case of a silent movie, provide the sounds of pratfalls and doorbells. The first spin of Rob Mosher's Polebridge could easily recall the soundtrack to a Buster Keaton silent film. The liner notes explain that the music is a soundtrack, there's just no movie. The story is all in the composer's head.The Canadian-born, now Brooklyn-resident saxophonist sets his chamber jazz ...

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From Far and Wide

A Chorale-a-Day Keeps the Blues Away

Read "A Chorale-a-Day Keeps the Blues Away" reviewed by Fradley Garner


To celebrate his 31st birthday, the New York-based, Canadian composer and soprano saxophonist Rob Mosher gave himself a challenge: writing 31 Bach-style chorales in 31 days. He started October 20, and at press time he was on target. “I'm a big fan of Duke Ellington's 'I don't need time, I need a deadline' approach," quotes Mosher. Every day he posts that day's chorale, so you can hear it on a keyboard as he blogs about it at robmosher.com and at ...

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Album Review

Rob Mosher's Storytime: The Tortoise

Read "The Tortoise" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni


The compelling debut of Canadian-born, New York-based reed man and self-taught composer Rob Mosher is a thematic composition for his 10-piece ensemble Storytime. Using Storytime, featuring young composers and reed men Sam Sadigursky and Peter Hess, Mosher succeeds in orchestrating vividly sophisticated, highly melodic suite-like musical stories. These cinematic narratives reflect Mosher's diverse influences, ranging from Claude Debussy and Kurt Weill to Gil Evans and Wayne Shorter, while still bearing his singular compositional voice. The title represents Mosher's method of ...

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Rob Mosher's Storytime: The Tortoise

Read "The Tortoise" reviewed by Troy Collins


The Tortoise is the debut of Canadian-born, New York-based multi-instrumentalist Rob Mosher's ensemble Storytime. The album's twelve tracks encapsulate a wealth of influences, which span everything from jubilant early jazz styles and rich classical forms to harmonically intricate post-bop and edgy free improvisation. A far more nuanced hybrid than the early experiments of the Third Stream movement, Mosher's efforts combine the pastoral impressionism of Claude Debussy and the lush orchestrations of Gil Evans with the stark modernism of Wayne Shorter and ...


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