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Getting To Know Ras Moshe

Read "Getting To Know Ras Moshe" reviewed by Dom Minasi

Ras Moshe is not a name most people are familiar with. If you listen to straight ahead jazz you probably wouldn't know Ras. Now if you go to some of the 'downtown' performances in New York City and Brooklyn you probably have seen him play. I heard him ten years ago playing Tenor Sax at the Sunday Night Avant Series hosted by Dee Pop at the now defunct CBGB'S. I listened very intensely because many feel free form players are ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Ras Moshe: Outsight

Read "Ras Moshe: Outsight" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

Outsight is a powerful release by multi-instrumentalist Ras Moshe, who is one of the mainstays of the New York City avant-free scene. The album was released by Straw2Gold Pictures, an eclectic organization that specializes in high-end sound production and has branched out with a record label. Straw2Gold's roster features a select group of artists, including guitarist Derek Bailey, poet John Sinclair, and guitarist-writer Eugene Chadbourne. Moshe certainly belongs in such illustrious company; he has devoted his life to keeping the ...

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Occupy Jazz! Occupy Wall Street!

Read "Occupy Jazz! Occupy Wall Street!" reviewed by Ras Moshe

Things have got to change! That is the cry being heard in the five boroughs of New York City, across the United States and, increasingly, in European cities too. All sorts of people from all sorts of social classes are at the protests--because the realization has dawned that eventually everyone will be impacted by the self-serving machinations of the Wall Street greed merchants and their allies in the world's other financial centers. It's great ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Ras Moshe: Transcendence

Read "Transcendence" reviewed by Robert Iannapollo

Saxophonist Ras Moshe has been gradually making a name for himself as one of the best of the fiery saxophonists of the New York underground. He's released a series of limited edition live recordings on the Utech label that have impressed those who have heard them (unfortunately a small number of people). Now comes Transcendence on the Kordova Milkbar label, not much more high profile than Utech but I suspect they may be a little more readily available.

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Ras Moshe: Live Spirits, Vols. 3 & 4

Read "Ras Moshe: Live Spirits, Vols. 3 & 4" reviewed by Tom Greenland

Ras Moshe Live Spirits Vol. 3 Utech Records 2006 Ras Moshe Live Spirits Vol. 4 Utech Records 2006

Ras Moshe is a well known denizen of NYC's downtown scene, a beatific presence whose laid back deportment stands in stark contrast to the intensity of his musical delivery. A recognizable son of ...

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Live Spirits 1 & 2

Read "Live Spirits 1 & 2" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

Don't let the simple packaging of Ras Moshe's new CDs fool you: Live Spirits No. 1 and Live Spirits No. 2 are rich with sound and spirit, an aural vision quest by one of the city's most important avant-garde saxophonists. Each CD consists of two long songs, giving the musicians ample space to build the music and follow where it leads them. Moshe's keen musical and spiritual intelligence is the guiding force throughout; his skills as a musician, composer and ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Ras Moshe: Into the Openess

Read "Into the Openess" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

Saxophonist Ras Moshe is on the forefront of musicians keeping avant-garde jazz urgent and vital. Moshe comes blessed with a jazz pedigree: his grandfather played with Lucky Millinder, Earl Bostic, Ella Fitzgerald, and many others, and his father worked with Carlos Garnett, Stanley Cowell, and other musicians in the new music scene in Brooklyn. As a result Moshe is well versed in jazz’s past, but he uses his knowledge to envision the future. And he’s bringing as many musicians with ...


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