|Artist: Joseph Patrick Moore
CD: Drum & Bass Society Volume 1
Quote: “Moore is a creative, mellow, almost trippy songwriter, weaving mysterious sounds and pure funk into this traditionally sophisticated genre.”
I’ve actually learned to enjoy the artsy, avant-garde feel of a group of jazz musicians getting together and letting the music flow, which is the vibe of this CD. I saw myself in a large art studio with paint-splattered hardwood floors and sheet music scattered on tables. The musicians just came in and started playing together, opening the windows to let the night air mix with the strings, woodwinds, and percussion.
Although Moore and Crew work in several covers, most of these songs are originals. Moore is a creative, mellow, almost trippy songwriter, weaving mysterious sounds and pure funk into this traditionally sophisticated genre. I enjoyed wandering around the swirling, incense-scented, groove-heavy funk of “Jamband Express” and the tribal, rhythmic echo of “Rain Dance.” Mental barriers melt. Time dissolves. I like hanging out with these artists and just listening to them celebrate sound.
The only problem I have is when they start doing covers. I liked two of the originals too much to see their rough edges softened into jazz/world music. Moore has turned Men At Work’s “Down Under” into a woodsy, new age, flowy sound, which doesn’t seem to match lyrics about odd characters and drunken barfing. And The Fixx’s original version of “One Thing Leads To Another” had a perfectly jagged guitar riff that matched Cy Curnin’s sharp, aggressive vocal. These two songs do not lend themselves to jazz.
Having said that, I just noticed in the liner notes that one of the musicians on the “Down Under” remake is playing a pizza box with brushes. I think Colin Hay would get a kick out of that.
Indie-Music.com – April 2004 April 3, 2004
WCJZ – March 2004 March 15, 2004
WCJZ March 2004
Review by Smooth Zippy
Joseph Patrick Moore has done it again with another hit CD. GROOVE MESSENGER…a groove that gets your feet tapping and if you listen close a bit of Miles
comes out in this track. This is one of my favorite tracks on the CD. CREATURES OF CONSCIENCE…A little of the old and a splash of the new. An upbeat sound that’s just plain cool. DOWN UNDER…Vocal Talent Temple Passmore gives this Men at Work hit a new smooth sound.
The CD is a mix of jazz, World, Pop, and a jazzy Rock Sound.
A must have CD in your collection.