【Ra-Kalam Bob Moses - When Elephants Dream of Music】(1982) ★★★★


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★My Favorite Album (378)

 

By Takaaki Kondo, Tokyo Jazz Review
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"Ra-Kalam Bob Moses"さん (1948NY出身)は、今更 私ナンゾがここで説明する必要もない"Legebdary Jazz Drummer"ですね。

10代で既にRoland Kirkのバンドで2年間活動。1966年にLarry Coryell"Free Spirits"を結成。1967年~1969年はGary Burton quartetで活動。その他の共演は、Dave Liebman, Pat Metheny, Mike Gibbs, Hal Galper, Gil Goldstein, Steve Swallow, Steve Kuhn, Sheila Jordan, George Gruntz, Emily Remlerと枚挙に暇なし。最近では、John Lockwood, Don Pate, John Medeski, Tisziji Muñozと活動する一方、New England Conservatoryで教鞭をとっています。

 

本作は1982年にリリースされた超大作。もうクレジット見ているだけで目眩がしそうです。

Producer, Written-by, Artwork [Front Cover Art] Bob Moses

Producer Pat Metheny

Acoustic Bass
Michael Formanek

Alto Saxophone David Gross (2)

Contrabass [Electric], Clarinet, Tuba Howard Johnson (3)

Cornet Terumasa Hino

Drums Bob Weiner (tracks: A4)

Electric Bass Paul Socolow (tracks: B1), Steve Swallow

Electric Guitar Bill Frisell

Flute [Bass] Jeremy Steig (tracks: B5)

Synthesizer Lyle Mays

Tenor Saxophone Jim Pepper

Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone Doc Halliday

Trombone, Trombone [Bass] Barry Rogers

Trumpet Chris Rogers

Vibraphone, Marimba David Friedman

Percussion Aiyb Dieng, Joe Bonadio

Percussion, Voice Naná Vasconcelos

Voice Bemshi Shearer* (tracks: A3, B5), Jahnet Levatin (tracks: B5), Jeanne Lee (tracks: B5), Marion Cowings (tracks: A3, B5), Paula Potocki (tracks: B5), Sheila Jordan (tracks: A4), Toni Wilson (tracks: B5)

 

基本的な固定メンバーによるのではなく、多彩な人々を招いて製作されており、陽気なものからストイックなものまで、かなりバラエティに富んだ内容となっています。ボーカル曲もありますが、"Voice"ですね。その意味ではやや前衛的な部分もあります。Gery Burtonとの仕事の影響からか、マリンバやヴィブラフォンを用いた曲も多く、コルネットやサックスの重厚さとの相性が非常に良い。M6'For Miles'では「完成されたツイン・ドラム」を見せております。よ~く聴き込むとかなりのHigh Qualityだとわかりますが、とりあえずとっ~ても楽しく聴ける作品です!

Highly Recommended!


Also highly recommended, Ra-Kalam Bob Moses's most recent recording

"The Illuminated Heart"

http://www.amazon.co.jp/The-Illuminated-Heart/dp/B008IVRQLE/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1366443313&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=bob+moses+The+Illuminated+Heart

 

(Personnel)

Producer, Written-by, Artwork [Front Cover Art] Bob Moses

Producer Pat Metheny

Acoustic Bass
Michael Formanek

Alto Saxophone David Gross (2)

Contrabass [Electric], Clarinet, Tuba Howard Johnson (3)

Cornet Terumasa Hino

Drums Bob Weiner (tracks: A4)

Electric Bass Paul Socolow (tracks: B1), Steve Swallow

Electric Guitar Bill Frisell

Flute [Bass] Jeremy Steig (tracks: B5)

Synthesizer Lyle Mays

Tenor Saxophone Jim Pepper

Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone Doc Halliday

Trombone, Trombone [Bass] Barry Rogers

Trumpet Chris Rogers

Vibraphone, Marimba David Friedman

Percussion Aiyb Dieng, Joe Bonadio

Percussion, Voice Naná Vasconcelos

Voice Bemshi Shearer* (tracks: A3, B5), Jahnet Levatin (tracks: B5), Jeanne Lee (tracks: B5), Marion Cowings (tracks: A3, B5), Paula Potocki (tracks: B5), Sheila Jordan (tracks: A4), Toni Wilson (tracks: B5)


(Tracklist)

1. Trevor

2. Picolo and Lulu

3. Everyone Knows You When You're Up and In

4. Lava Flow

5. Happy To Be Here Today

6. For Miles

7. Embraceable Jew

8. Bugs Bunny

9. Black Orchid

10. Disappearing Blues

11. Ripped Van Twinkle

12. Blame It On The Egg

13. The River



Bob Moses - Website

Offcial Website - Ra-Kalam Records

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Rakalam Bob Moses / New England Conservatory

http://necmusic.edu/faculty/rakalam-bob-moses%E2%80%A8?lid=2&sid=3

 

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Trevor: Bob Moses from the album When Elephants Dream Of Music

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Review

Although best known as a flexible and tasteful drummer, Bob Moses displayed a great deal of talent as a composer and arranger on this exciting project. He utilized a particularly colorful cast of characters, including altoist David Gross, Jim Pepper on tenor, cornetist Terumasa Hino, trombonist Barry Rogers, flutist Jeremy Steig, vibraphonist David Friedman, guitarist Bill Frisell, keyboardist Lyle Mays, electric bassist Steve Swallow, Howard Johnson on electric contrabass clarinet and tuba, and the voices of Sheila Jordan and Jeanne Lee, among many others. Some of the music is quite lyrical and laid-back, and there are tributes to Miles Davis and Billy Strayhorn, but it is the rambunctious and hilarious "Everybody Knows You When You're Up and In" (his answer to "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out") that is most memorable.

When Elephants Dream Of Music album by Bob Moses was released Jul 06, 1993 on the Gramavision label. Although best known as a flexible and tasteful drummer, Bob Moses displayed a great deal of talent as a composer and arranger on this exciting project. When Elephants Dream Of Music music CDs He utilized a particularly colorful cast of characters, including altoist David Gross, Jim Pepper on tenor, cornetist Terumasa Hino, trombonist Barry Rogers, flutist Jeremy Steig, vibraphonist David Friedman, guitarist Bill Frisell, keyboardist Lyle Mays, electric bassist Steve Swallow, Howard Johnson on electric contrabass clarinet and tuba, and the voices of Sheila Jordan and Jeanne Lee, among many others. When Elephants Dream Of Music songs Some of the music is quite lyrical and laid-back, and there are tributes to Miles Davis and Billy Strayhorn, but it is the rambunctious and hilarious "Everybody Knows You When You're Up and In" (his answer to "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out") that is most memorable. When Elephants Dream Of Music album Highly recommended.
By Scott Yanow


If there was ever an appropriate title for a CD, it
s Bob Moses When Elephants Dream Of Music. The music is often spacey, and yet it has a solid bottom end and an abundance of horns, all which serves to remind us of our ponderous friends in the animal kingdom. Composer/arranger Bob Moses isnt afraid to incorporate humor into the music. Trevor, the opening cut, starts out with a brief through composed theme before dissolving into a rubato free section with a variety of horns having their say. Out of the mist comes a 9/8 bass line. Aside from occasional interpolations of figures in the brass, most of the musicians freely add color. I heard vibraphone (David Friedman), guitar (Bill Frisell) faded in with a volume knob, and Lyle Mays synthesizer. Chris Rogers has the solo on trumpet. Once again, the pattern disintegrates into a rubato free section, this time interrupted by a 5/4 drum groove, joined by a bass ostinato, which marks the beginning of the next tune, Picolo and Lulu. When the brass melody comes in, its in an entirely different key. Barry Rogers has the solo on trombone and plunger. For Bob Moses drum solo, the time signature switches to 4/4, with Moses soloing over a melodic brass ostinato. The humorous elements emerge more forcefully with Everybody Knows You When Youre Up And In, a fairly straightforward Dixieland tune in which pairs of horns improvise at the same time, whether its alto sax (David Gross) versus trombone or tenor sax versus alto or tenor versus clarinet or, tuba and Jim Peppers tenor sax, honking and squealing away in abandon. The humor continues with Lava Flow, which starts out with a jokey bass riff, but is soon joined by a spacey melody taken by the horns that prominently features an augmented 4th. Surrounding all this are the vocal effects of Nana Vasconcelos, swelling guitar effects from Bill Frisell and goodness knows what else. A 10/8 bass ostinato fades in; this time the melody is doubled by trumpet and voice. Many instruments solo freely around this core element. Meanwhile, the bass ostinato occasionally changes keys to maintain interest. The piece eventually returns to the opening section and the melody gets some lyrics, which have a subliminal effect (the words are hard to make out). Lava Flow ends with some steriling work from Bill Frisell, using a slide on his electric guitar. Im not a big fan of Frisell improvisational abilities in general, but when he sticks to atmospheric effects, the way he does on When Elephants Dream Of Music, he can be pretty terrific. Things get downright silly with Happy To Be Here Today, sung accapella by Sheila Jordan. As a straight ballad, it doesnt really succeed, but as a piece of humor, its pretty funny, if you imagine Sheila Jordan as an female elephant. Lets face it if you dont appreciate humor in jazz, When Elephants Dream Of Music wont be for you. But if you can get past the jokiness of the conceit, there is a lot to admire. The improvisations from the many musicians are uniformly muscular and inspired, the grooves are plentiful, and Moses arrangements are unique. On the back cover of the CD, Gil Evans is quoted as describing When Elephants Dream Of Music as A party with a purpose. This album is original, soulful, funny and very special. Thats about right. Pat Metheny, who was mighty impressed with Bob Moses earlier date The Story of Moses, co-produced When Elephants Dream Of Music, but to me, this is an infinitely better record. To add to the fun, the CD release of When Elephants Dream Of Music features three cuts that werent included on the original release, adding almost 20 minutes of music. Ive got to tell you the titles of two of the tunes: Ripped Van Twinkle and my favorite, Embraceable Jew. (For those politically correct folks out there, Bob Moses is Jewish, so he gets to make jokes like that.)

By Michael Kydonieus, JAZZBO NOTES RECOMMENDED RECORDING

 

Bio

A fine drummer, Bob Moses has received his strongest recognition as a colorful and adventurous arranger/composer for large ensembles. He played as a teenager with Rahsaan Roland Kirk (1964- 1965), formed the early fusion group Free Spirits with Larry Coryell (1966), and toured with Gary Burton's quartet (1967-1969). Moses collaborated with Dave Liebman in the trio Open Sky, recorded with Gary Burton in the mid- '70s, and worked with Jack DeJohnette's Compost, Pat Metheny (recording Bright Size Life), Mike Gibbs, Hal Galper, Gil Goldstein, Steve Swallow, the Steve Kuhn/Sheila Jordan group (1979-1982), George Gruntz's Concert Jazz Band, and Emily Remler (1983-1984). He recorded as a composer for his own Mozown label in 1975, but Moses' reputation as a writer rests primarily with his Gramavision releases, especially When Elephants Dream of Music (1982), Visit With the Great Spirit (1983), and 1994's Time Stood Still. Nishoma was issued in fall 2000. Everything I do, I want to swing. I think music needs to swing no matter how abstract it gets. In fact, the more abstract, the more intellectual it gets, the more it needs to swing because that's the balancing factor. -Bob Moses

Bob Moses began playing drums at the age of ten and was composing music by the time he was fourteen. His father, Richard Moses, was a press agent for various jazz artists including Charles Mingus, Max Roacch and Rashaan Roland Kirk. He first sat in with Mingus when he was about 12 and in 1964 began playing drums on two of Roland Kirk's albums. Soon after he became an important part of the 1960s new jazz scene, playing in groups with guitarist Larry Coryell and later, in 1968 with the ground breaking Gary Burton quartet. After touring with famed drummer Jack DeJohnette, and saxophonist Harold Vick in 1973, he went on to play with the Mike Gibbs orchestra in 1974 and rejoined Gary Burton's group in 1974. In 1975 he recorded the brilliant trio album Bright Size Life with Pat Metheny and the late Jaco Pastorious. He also started his own record label, Mozown Records, and released Bittersuite in The Ozone and the critically acclaimed albums, When Elephants Dream of Music (1982) and Visit With The Great Spirit (1983). These two albums firmly established Moses as a highly original composer and orchestrator in addition to his percussion prowess. Currently an instructor at the New England Conservatory of Music, Moses continues to be regarded as one of the most original and daring modern jazz musicans. His influences range from the early masters, Ellington, Monk and Miles Davis, to ethnic sources from Africa and Latin America. Often playing with special sticks and custom drums, Moses pays as much attention to his sound and tone as he does to the rhythm.