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Triptych Myth: The Beautiful

Read "The Beautiful" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

With the formation of his Triptych Myth trio several years ago, Cooper-Moore announced his intention to return to the days of a working group, as opposed to the one-off meetings that dominate the jazz scene. He has also lamented the fact that his handmade string and percussion instruments have left him considered a novelty, rather than a serious musician. On this, the second recording by his trio with bassist Tom Abbs and drummer Chad Taylor, Cooper-Moore has seriously addressed both ...

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Triptych Myth: The Beautiful

Read "The Beautiful" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Abstract music tends to come in one of two varieties: either it's intensely intellectual, using complexity as a means to self-consciously explode stylistic boundaries; or it's a language of the soul, whose means of expression does not easily fit into preformatted norms, and therefore exploration inevitably represents a constant attempt to translate the full range of emotion into the language of music. Cooper-Moore's music decidedly falls into the latter category, emphasizing as it does various visions of beauty, something that's ...

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Triptych Myth: The Beautiful

Read "The Beautiful" reviewed by Michael McCaw

Cooper-Moore is his own man, and in a perfect world, more listeners would revere him. Best known for his association with William Parker's groups, Cooper-Moore is capable of creating music with whatever tools and means he has available at the time. Whether playing homemade original instruments such as the xylophone-like ashimba or more conventional ones like flute and piano, he is always involved in the creative process, improvising daily life into concise musical statements.The first of a series ...

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Cooper-Moore/Tom Abbs/Chad Taylor: Triptych Myth

Read "Triptych Myth" reviewed by John Kelman

An enigmatic performer whose style encompasses everything from boogie woogie to avant jazz, pianist/composer Cooper-Moore joins his trio to deliver a diverse set with Triptych Myth that still, somehow, manages to maintain an integrity and clear direction in sound.

Aside from being a pianist and composer, Cooper-Moore is an educator and creator of musical instruments. His performances are true audience experiences; along with the performance, the audience may find themselves involved in the creation of a new musical instrument from ...

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Cooper-Moore/Tom Abbs/Chad Taylor: Triptych Myth

Read "Triptych Myth" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The new disc by Cooper-Moore’s trio brings to mind the lyrics from “Life Is Grand” by the rock band Camper Van Beethoven:

And life is grand And I will say this at the risk of falling from favor With those of you who have appointed yourselves To expect us to say something darker

You see, pianist Cooper-Moore, bassist Tom Abbs, and drummer Chad Taylor explore the rhythmic nature of ...


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