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E.M.P. Project by William Ellis Joseph Patrick Moore and Shawn Perkinson

E.M.P. Project is a jazz trio based in the southern United States. Ellis, Moore and Perkinson first met while attending college, and they would regularly play together in a variety of settings. This recording marks their first collaboration together since graduating nearly a decade ago. Recorded without any rehearsals, this CD captures the band members’ collective effort and originality - each member wrote original material and participated in the production of this album.

E.M.P. Project is the debut album by the talented Ellis, Moore and Perkinson. The CD is labeled Contemporary Jazz in this review, but it goes beyond that. The most remarkable thing to comment on this album is the artists’ ability to sample the many sub-genres of jazz, and to play them as if they are well seasoned in that particular field. Among the styles featured on this CD are traditional, Contemporary/Smooth, Fusion, Balled/New Age/Easy Listening, and Latin jazz. The knowledge that the artists not only played all these different jazz styles, but also composed them, contributes to the CD’s overall impression.

I recommend this CD to anyone who wants to survey the sub-genres of jazz with a band that can play all of them well.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: William Ellis Joseph Patrick Moore and Shawn Perkinson
  • CD Title: E.M.P. Project
  • Genre: Contemporary Jazz / Modern
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Record Label: Blue Canoe Records
  • Tracks: Warrior, Night, Blues Blown Bye, Ba Dump, Homefront, Elise, Safe Journey, What?, Quickley & Quietly, Birdy
  • Musicians: William Ellis (drums), Joseph Patrick Moore (acoustic, electric and fretless bass), and Shawn Perkinson (acoustic and electric guitar)
  • Rating: Three Stars
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