Bassist, Michael Moore, is well known to those of you who appreciated his duo performances with guitarist Gene Bertoncini. Moore has shared the stage with many jazz legends over the years including Tony Bennett, Art Farmer, Bill Evans, Benny Goodman, Zoot Sims and Chet Baker. For the past couple of years, Michael has toured with Dave Brubeck’s combo and recent Arbors recordings re-united the bassist with his old friend Ruby Braff.
This CD is the second volume in Moore’s History of Jazz
series and he is joined by Ken Peplowski and Tom Melito as in the first session. The disk is subtitled "Dedications" and the leader offers his highest compliments to important figures in music. These include Dave Brubeck, J.S.Bach, Bill Evans, Billy Strayhorn, Miles Davis and Wayne Shorter to name a few. Other tracks are dedicated to songs such as Cherokee
and If Dreams Come True
strictly because they are great compositions and a joy to perform. The trio of Moore, Peplowski and Melito is a joy to hear. While the leader doubles on piano on one track, Peplowski switches seamlessly between clarinet and tenor sax.
This has been my first opportunity to hear Michael Moore originals and there are no less than six of them on this CD. Herbie Nichols, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Dave Brubeck, Wayne Shorter, Bill Evans and Jimmy Rowles were honored with Moore compositions.
The total concept of this album is refreshing and captivating. The performances are flawless and beautiful and one of the best CDs I’ve heard in recent months. You can download samples at the Arbors website. This is a gem!