Q. What inspired you to first pick up the guitar/double bass and what were your first attempts at playing these instruments?
A. Dan: My dad, although he didn’t play an instrument, was a big music fan with great taste and a huge collection from just about every genre of music. He always had his stereo going in the house, so I learned to love music at an early age. I played the tennis racket for a while until moving up to the real thing. The first guitar I had was a cheap little rental that came in a cardboard box. Having horrible action, it was really hard to play. So my first attempts were discouraging. But I kept playing it until my parents bought me an electric for my tenth birthday. My grandfather and his brother both played and they insisted I have a Gibson and I got a Gibson Sonex guitar. I loved that guitar and played it incessantly. My brother and I formed our first band that same week. He was the drummer, playing on pots and pans to begin with.
A. JPM: I was inspired from a recurring dream about playing bass. I know that it may sound trite, but it’s true. I started on the electric bass guitar and had been playing for about a year before picking up the double bass. While the electric and double bass are two different animals, starting on the electric gave me a head start in learning my notes and getting comfortable playing on all strings.
Q. Dan did you take lessons or are you self-taught?
A. Dan: After getting an electric guitar I started taking weekly lessons at a local music store. I pretty much kept taking 1-2 lessons a week from a number of different classical, jazz or rock teachers in the metro Detroit area until going to college, where of course I also took private lessons.
Q. Joseph, who inspired you to learn the Double Bass?
A. JPM: My first teacher was Rusty Holloway (Knoxville, TN). Rusty started me with proper technique/hand positioning/arco development etc. etc. At first, I would say Rusty inspired me to learn. As I started listening to bass masters on various recordings, I fell in love with Paul Chambers, Jimmy Blanton, Ray Brown, Ron Carter.
Q. How did you guys decide to record a Christmas record and what can we expect from “Christmas Time Is Here”?
A. Dan: Is it not a requirement to make a Christmas recording at some point? I think our recording, Christmas Time Is Here, is a unique contribution for Christmas music loving audiences everywhere.
A. JPM: Dan and I had been doing several private gigs over the last few years around the Christmas season and many of the clients were requesting Holiday tunes. At some point, Dan and I discussed how we should record and document what we were doing, hence this CD recording “Christmas Time Is Here”.
Q. This is a duo recording, why or how did you decide to have this as the CD concept?
A. Dan: We have been talking about doing a duo cd for about a year. Initially we were thinking about doing original tunes but that kind of morphed into a Christmas recording. I love playing duo with a bass player and there have been some great recordings done in the past. “Chops”, from Joe Pass and Neils Henning Orstead Pederson is really great as well as “Alone Together”, with Jim Hall and Ron Carter. JPM and i have played a lot of gigs together in this format and it is always a blast.
A. JPM: It was born out of gigs that we were playing around the Christmas season. Most of the jobs were in fact duo performances. This naturally opened the door for the idea of this recording.
Q. Lets talk about your creative process. How do you approach arranging standard songs like public domain Christmas music?
A. Dan: Like any song I would arrange, I’d start with the melody. This is the most recognizable part of the song and I would leave this in tact as much as possible (with slight rhythmic variation). Then I would start reharmonizing the melody from scratch to see what I could come up with, and maybe alter the feel and tempo.
A. JPM: My main goal for the songs that I was arranging, was to try to achieve a different feel/style approach on each song. This was a great challenge as much of the Christmas catalog has been recorded and documented countless times over the last hundred years. I explored re-harmonization and tried to add a slightly unexpected feel to the song. By the nature of us playing in a duo setting, I knew it was automatically going to be different as we didn’t have a lot of production and other players to rely on. The duo setting set some arrangements in motion and the music mostly dictated what was required from us. Playing in a duo setting and this recording is one of the most challenging recording projects I’ve ever undertaken.
Q. There is a large catalog of Christmas music available. How did you decide on the final list of tunes that were recorded for this project?
A. Dan: Joseph and I each picked around 10 tunes that we wanted to play for this project. The tunes that I brought were more or less simple arrangements that I play on certain gigs during the holidays. Josephs arrangements were much more elaborate and creative in my opinion. My favorite one that he arranged is “We Three Kings”.
A. JPM: I have several Christmas songbooks. I spent about three weeks playing every Christmas song known to man. I made a list of all the songs that really appealed to me or those songs that I felt could lend well in a duo setting. Once I had my master list of tunes, I narrowed it down and picked about half of the tunes on the recording and started re-arranging them.
Q. Dan, what is the most important bit of advice you could give to new guitarist players?
A Dan: Listen to as many different kinds of music artists you can. Go out and hear it live as this is an aural art form and it is learned by ear. Find what you like and learn it note for note. Listen to it, play it, understand it, assimilate it and love it. I also suggest taking lessons. A good teacher can add structure to your practice routine and they can help you overcome your weaknesses as well as a great source of inspiration. Find every resource you can about music and guitar. Study it and learn how to be your own teacher.
Q. Joseph, what is the most important bit of advice you could give to new double bass players?
A JPM: Find a teacher and study privately. Develop good habits from the beginning. Listen and learn to read music.
Q. Thanks for your time and consideration for this article and interview. Any last thoughts for our readers?
A. Dan: Rock on!
A. JPM: 1/20/09-Ho, Ho, Ho!
Original Post by: Joseph Patrick Moore
Well here we are, a day I thought couldn’t arrive fast enough. I admit it and I’m not ashamed to say that I’m not a “W” fan. A fan of Washington/Wilson, but the modern day “W” has been a disaster at every level in my humble opinion. Name me one thing that “W” and his administration did that was positive for this country and our world? From the previous 42 president’s, I can name positive accomplishments even if I didn’t agree with their ideological views. I mean even Nixon achieved positive accomplishments despite his personal and tragic demons. Ok, Ok–I guess if I’m honest, I can say that “W” has been generous with contributions to Africa and for that I’m grateful. This is the only issue in eight years I agree with “W”. Regretfully however, he missed the mark on Darfur and that is a said chapter in the book of Bush. One of the main reasons why Bush has a been a disaster for this country is that he has been a “reactionary” President. Often acting ‘after the fact’ and often with poor and destructive choices. Like our founding fathers, we need leaders who are “visionaries” and have “foresight” and can literaly advance the ball. In football, they call this “offense”. No team ever wins just because they rely on a great defense. You need to have a strong vision of where you want to advance your causes and be willing and abel to adjust your defense accordingly.
I’m writing this blog not to bash Bush, nor to give my endorsement to Obama or McCain. I have already voted and I don’t think it’s necessary for me to publicly display whom I support. I made up my mind and voted for who I think is best suited for this country at this point in our history. Let’s be honest, do endorsements from actors, musicians, entertainers really make a difference? When Hollywood stars or musical artist’s come out to support certain candidates, does that make you rush out and vote for them simply because someone whom you respect and admire throws their support behind such candidates? It never has for me…
I (like many of you), beat to my own drum. I have my own personal issues and circumstances that persuades and pulls me in a direction that I feel comfortable with. Point blank, I am an Independent and I’m not beholden to one party or another. I’m conservative on some issues and very liberal on others. I vote with a clear conscience with the issues that matter most to me. So with this said, my message today is directed to you “undecided voters”.
I saw several recent polls that suggested that nearly 7% of the population is still undecided. Are you kidding? One day before the most important election of our lifetime and a percentage of American’s still don’t know who they are going to vote for? In a day and age where we have instant access to “official” websites, thousand’s of political blogs, video sites, 100’s of cable tv channels, talk radio and the like – how can 7% of American’s still be undecided? Let’s face it, after one of the most dreadful period’s in American history, how can anyone still not have a clue on whom to vote for. All one needs to do, is to spend a few hours searching out each candidates stances on the issues and watch, read and educate themselves. This election has only been running for twenty-one months now. Nearly fourty something debates (between both parties) and more talking heads, opinions and bloggers than every in our American History. How can anyone that has been paying the least bit of attention, still not have a clear opinion?
Today is your day to take a stand! If you don’t vote, you should be ashamed of yourself. In my book, your a loser! People fought, died and bled ruby red for everyone of us to pull that lever to advance the freedom and domocracy that we hold so sacred to our constitution. Every four years (and on the first Tuesday in November), this is the one day in our country where the likes of Donald Trump and the local janitor have an equal say. We each have an obligation and a duty for the sake of our fellow man to educate ourselves and MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION. We have a duty and an obligation from our founding forefathers and for future generations, to take a stand on behalf of the sacrifices that have paved the way for this great country, thus keeping the engine of democracy moving forward.
If you don’t know who to vote for, I feel sorry for you. Go back to your American Idol, Dancing with the Stars and your Reality TV…I guess with that, you can make your decision. If your one of those people that can’t spend a few hours to educate yourself to make an informed decision on our future, I sincerely request that you please don’t buy my music!
My last thought and comment on this Historic Day: 1-20-09:)
Peace…and God Bless the USA.
JPM produces compilation for Blue Canoe Records. This compilation titled, “Look What The Cats Drug In – Volume 1″ is an audio recording featuring The Modern Jazz Stylings Of Blue Canoe Recording artists. This CD will be released on September 16th, 2008.
Original post by: Joseph Patrick Moore
Recently I got the call to perform a concert with legendary Police drummer Stewart Copeland at the Savannah, GA Music Festival. As a Police fanatic and a S.C. fan, I was excited to get an opportunity to play and make music with one of my many musical heroes. It would be safe to say that as a young kid growing up in the 1980’s, The Police we’re “My Beatles.” After the Police broke up, I would continue to follow the careers of Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland.
After accepting the invitation, I received the music (printed/audio) on the road and while finishing a West coast tour with Austin based blues guitarist Chris Duarte. I practiced as much as time would allow in between soundchecks, concerts, car/plane rides and hotel changes. I completed the C.D. tour on March 23rd in Denver, Colorado; and quickly flew to Savannah, Georgia for a rehearsal with Stewart on the 25th and the preceding concert on the 26th. I had less than 5 days to go over the music before hitting it with Stewart, however I was pumped.
My firstencounter with Stewart: I found him to be a very polite, humorous, warm, well tempered and courteous man. He made an effort to reach out to everyone in the group and politely introduced himself. We chit chatted a bit and off we went, down that musical journey from the Rhythmatist. In the hours that followed, it would be an intense yet rewarding experience playing the music of and with this musical genius. I was mostly a silent observer and did my best to take it all in. In short, let me just say that Stewart wasn’t there to play checkers. His passion for his craft was nothing short of inspiring.
Halfway through the concert, Stewart brought out another amazing talent, Daniel Hope. Stewart wrote a trio composition for one of his daughters that featured drums, violin, piano. During this moment of the concert, I took a seat to bare witness of this premiere work. It was astonishing! Daniel Hope tore it up and his intonation and tone was impeccable. While I didn’t play with Daniel, we chatted a bit backstage. Daniel is also a very nice chap with an amazing aura around him. Daniel might be one of the best violinists I’ve ever heard, a true madman I say!
Not to go un-noticed, the musical ensemble for this event was an amazing group of musicians/artists.
The group consisted of:
Ted Nash -reeds
Victor Goines – reeds
Walter Blanding – reeds
Carl Maraghi – reeds
Marcus Printup – trumpet
David Elliot – trombone
Ricardo Ochoa – violin
Gretchen Frazier – viola
Annalise Nelson – cello
Hans Kristian Kjos Sorensen – percussion
Kirk Brundage – percussion
Stuart Gerber – percussion
Eric Jones – piano
Andy Ripley – ewi
Mike Daly – french horn
In addition to the genuinely warm spirit of Stewart and the musical ensemble, he had a wonderful crew of people that worked on his behalf. From his manager, tour manager, production team, festival organizers; it was a top shelf entourage. Stewart’s drum tech/engineer Jeff Seitz was also a great asset (and talented drummer). Jeff has been with Stewart for 25 + years which not only speaks volumes of his abilities and the people Stewart surrounds himself with, it also says everything about the true meaning of loyalty from Mr. Copeland. In fact, Jeff can be seen in the recently released S.C./Police documentary, Everyone Stares.
Conclusion: a high profile musical friend/artist once told me not to play with my musical heroes as they might end up disappointing me (he was speaking from experience). Well in my case, nothing could be further from the truth. Stewart is an amazing artist, a terrific human being and I was honored to be apart of this musical experience!
JPM will be joining Austin based guitarist Chris Duarte on his 2008 European Spring Tour.
Here are the dates:
March 28, 2008 – Weert, Netherlands – De Bosuil
March 29, 2008 – Hoogland, NL – De Noot
March 30, 2008 – Diest, Belgium – Borderline
April 3, 2008 – Koeln, Germany – Kantine
April 4, 2008 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
April 5, 2008 – London, UK – Music Palace
April 6, 2008 – London, UK – Boom Boom Club (Sutton United Football Club)
April 8, 2008 – Frankfurt, Germany – Sinkkasten
April 9, 2008 – Bremen, Netherlands – Meisenfrei
April 11, 2008 – Brunsum, Netherlands – Woetsjtok
April 12, 2008 – Sala, Sweden – Rockland
April 14, 2008 – Verviers, Belgium – Spirit of 66
JPM will be performing with legendary drummer/composer Stewart Copeland in Savannah, GA on March 26, 2008. Get your tickets today!
Original Post by: Joseph Patrick Moore
Recently I played a short European tour with Austin, Texas based guitarist, Chris Duarte. Most of the shows went well and the people were very responsive to Chris Duarte’s music as well as the vibe that Jeff Reilly (drums) and I were laying down. Traveling throughout the Czech Republic & Italy, we had an enormous amount of down time. I have to admit, I played the part of a Western “tourist” pretty well. My digital camera was rolling and I captured many of the sights that we visited.
Additionally, some of the tour was captured on video. Below are the links that have posted on YouTube.com. There are 2 concert video clips and 1 “Rockumentary” of sorts. Hope you enjoy!
Original Post by: Joseph Patrick Moore
On September 29th, I gave a workshop/performance at BassUp 2007 held at the Atlanta Bass Gallery. It was a wonderful day of performances and clinics featuring the bass talents of: Jeff Schmidt, Bernhard Lackner, Christopher “C3′ Cardone, Gary Wilkens, Russ Rodgers, Darren Michaels, Myron Bennell Carroll and Trip Wamsley.
Darren & CindyMichaels organized this event (as they have for several years). Kudos to the both of them! They were so respectful to all the participating artists and they made extra efforts to see that BassUp ran smoothly. Darren is such a talented artist in his own right and is a thoughtful and engaging human being. Much love goes out to Darren & Cindy Michaels for organizing such a great day.
In addition, Jim Rubio (owner of the Atlanta Bass Gallery) was so very gracious to host this event. By the end of the day, Jim had virtually given everyone in attendance numerous promotional items such as strings, shirts, stands and even a $1000 dollar bass preamp. Regardless of where you live, if you need any bass gear, you should contact the Atlanta Bass Gallery. Jim Rubio is providing an amazing service to bass players everywhere!
All in all, I was honored to have been asked to participate in BassUp 2007. I always enjoy meeting lovers of the low end:)
Photos by Brian Sharples
The Chris Duarte Group announces Fall 2007 European Dates.
October 20th, 2007: Prague, Czech Republic: Blues in the Woods Festival
October 23rd, 2007: Milan, Italy: Music Drom ex Transilvania
October 24th, 2007: T.B.A.
October 25th, 2007: Modena, Italy: Vibra
October 26th, 2007: Roma, Italy: Stazione Birra
October 27th, 2007: Boretto Reggio Emilia, Italy: Ikebana Club
October 28th, 2007: Codevilla, Italy: Thunder Road
The Chris Duarte Group consist’s of:
Chris Duarte – guitar/vocals
Jeff Reilly – drums
JPM – bass
Check out several YouTube.com videos of C.D.G. performing from Summer Tour 2007
* Video 1
* Video 2
*UPDATE POSTED TO THIS NEWS STORY ON DECEMBER 2007:
Several Videos from the above performances have surfaced on YouTube.com. Click links below to view
USTI NAD LABEM, CZECH REPUBLIC
Joseph Patrick Moore joins Austin based guitarist, and songwriter Chris Duarte for summer/fall tour 2007.
The Chris Duarte Group consist’s of:
Chris Duarte – guitar/vocals
Jeff Reilly – drums
Joseph Patrick Moore – bass
On June 3rd & 4th, I participated in“The Bass Club of Georgia’s” annual bass workshop/master class/performance at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. It was a wonderful two days of bass related workshops and performances for the Double & Electric Bass. Their was an incredible line-up of artists that included Richard Davis, Donald Palma, Mark Bernat, Doug Sommer, David Goodwin, Todd Markey, James Barket and many other talented performers and instructors. My role was to work with the electric bassist‘s.
It was a true honor to have shared the stage and participated with many of the notable players listed above. Kudos to Mark Bernat and David Goodwin for pulling this off and for inviting me to be apart of the 2007 Bass Club, I believe a great time was had by all.
Until next post…peace
FretlessBass.com Interviews JPM. Read the Feature/Interview - 2007
Listen closely and you will hear clips of JPM’s music in the new documentary “Starbucking”. This film is about the bizarre story of Winter, a man who has dedicated his life to visiting every Starbucks in the world. Discover the unlikely motivation behind his seemingly pointless and impossible mission. Ride along with Winter on a journey that has led him to nearly every U.S. state and several foreign countries in search of new Starbucks. See hilarious encounters with the people he meets along the way.
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Q. What inspired you to first pick up the bass and what were your first attempts at playing it like?
A. My bass playing career started from a dream (seriously). I kept having a recurring dream that I should sell my alto saxophone/drum kit and buy an electric bass guitar. After many nights of having this same dream, I felt like I had no choice. Needless to say my first attempts at playing it was exciting yet embarrassing. Thankfully I found a great teacher and learned how to play with a proper foundation and hand position before I developed bad habits.
Q. Did you take lessons or are you self-taught?
A. I took lessons from Rusty Holloway in Knoxville, TN. Rusty is a monster player and a very talented man. He not only taught me the fundamentals of the electric bass, he also encouraged me to get a double bass and enroll in the University of Tennessee liberal arts music program. Rusty Holloway was very instrumental in steering me in the right direction(s).
Q. Who inspired you to learn the bass?
A. I started playing the bass in 1986 and was quickly influenced by the radio and mtv. At the time, I was also really into The Police as well as many heavy metal “hair bands”. In 1989 when I started college, I started focusing more on jazz artists like Charlie Parker and Miles Davis as well as their respective side musicians/careers.
Q. What is your practice regimen like?
A. My practice regimen varies a lot and is often in flux about every three months. Typically I work on transcribing, listening and composing. Currently, I’m trying to develop and work solely on my right hand thumb technique.
Q. How would you define your style of playing?
A. I’m influenced by so many different types of music and styles that its hard to pinpoint. Overall, I would say Contemporary Jazz. It’s not traditional in the straight ahead jazz style (however I can play this way) and it’s not totally smooth jazz either. It’s really more in the middle, hence the word Contemporary.
Q. Lets talk about your creative process. How do you approach writing an original song – do you compose from the bass or do you use a piano?
A. A little of both. When an idea is born, it comes out regardless of the instrument. The idea transcends the instrument. However that being said, their are certain nuances, techniques and style characteristics that lend themselves to their respective instrument and this can obviously influence and transform the original idea.
Q. What challenges do you face when switching from different styles of music?
A. For me, the more appropriate question is how I switch from double bass, electric bass and fretless bass within the musical context. This could take a while to explain so let me just say that the biggest challenge or my deepest desire is to just serve the music, regardless of the style.
Q. What other types of music or artists do you derive inspiration from?
A. I love good music and I’m influenced by so many things that I discover, particularly from the world wide web. There are just simply too many artists to mention here, but let me say that lately I’ve been checking out Pop/Electronica artist, Imogen Heap. I find her sense of songwriting, creativity and music very refreshing.
Q. What is the most important bit of advice you were given by another musician?
A. Lay back and groove, don’t try so hard. Let the music play itself.
Q. In regards to your latest release, “Decade 1996-2005″ – what can you tell us about this recording?
A. We selected tunes from my five previous CD releases and we re-mixed, re-mastered and in some cases edited the beginnings and endings of songs in order to allow for more material to be included on the CD. “Decade 1996-2005″ is 74 minutes long and there are 19 songs on this compilation. In addition, I wrote the title track “Decade” and played all the instruments.
Q. What equipment do you use live and in the studio and why?
A. I play Pedulla electric/fretless basses and a Kohler upright double bass for both live and studio projects. In the studio, I tend to go direct through a Brent Avril 2 channel 1272 preamp and for live situations I use a Walter Woods preamp with Bergantino cabinets. For a complete list of my current gear, you can find that on my website at: Gear
Q. What one piece of equipment would you advise all bassists to own?
A. A drum machine or drum sampler of some kind. In my opinion the drum machine can serve the same function as the metronome, but it goes further in developing different rhythmical aspects and styles.
Q. What is been your proudest playing moment?
A. I can’t think of a single instance right now. However, let me just say that if the music is swinging and the cats are listening, there’s nothing better.
Q. What is the biggest disaster you’ve ever had onstage, and how did you cope with it?
A. I was playing a show with BlueGround UnderGrass in Minnesota and one of my neck through Pedulla basses fell off the stand and shattered into a million pieces. I heard this horrible sound and turned around and saw that my bass was demolished. It was like starring at a dead body. Needless to say, I didn’t handle the situation very well.
Q. Do you warm up before a concert and if so how?
A. If I have time, absolutely! I’ll usually play finger permutations or the chromatic scale in order to get the blood flowing and my mind concentrating on the fundamentals of the instrument.
Q. What is the most important bit of advice you could give to new bassists?
A. “Serve the Music”. Regardless of your style or situation, put your ego on the shelf and play what the music dictates.
Q. Thanks for your time and consideration for this article and interview. Any last thoughts for our readers?
A. My last thought of the day: Find a cause greater than yourself and ask, how may I serve?
Recently I’ve been reflecting on nine principles of life. I would like to share these with you:
1. Aware of Higher Self – Listen to your inner voice.
2. Trust – Surrender, let God handle the details.
3. Observe – Look at the world, allow it to be. Don’t judge, just observe, learn and grow.
4. Attract – Have a mental picture of what you want in life, guard it.
5. Receive – Accept the natural flow of life.
6. Connect to God – Lift yourself out of your body, float into space, observe the planet, ask for God’s guidance.
7. Pray – Meditate. Use sounds to change the vibration of your frequency.
8. Patience – Be totally free of judgement and timing of delivery. When things do not appear to be materializing the way you planned, remind yourself that you are patient and unnattached to any particular schedule. Contemplate how God has been patient with you.
9. Thanks – Be thankful and avoid complaining. Ask yourself, “How may I serve?”
November 23rd, 2006 - Joseph Patrick Moore
JPM has just been confirmed for this year’s Bass Day UK to be held in Manchester, England at the Life Cafe on November 19th, 2006. JPM will perform a solo set and will also offer a masterclass sponsored by Pedulla Bass.
Other scheduled performer’s include:
Blue Canoe Digital releases a co-authored ebook by JPM and Platinum music producer/Curtis Mafield alumni, Buzz Amato. This ebook is designed for all musical artists, bands, composers, arrangers, engineers and producers regardless of skill or current level of success. With over 100 pages of advice, tips, links and proven methods to help one succeed in achieving an overall balance between art and business.
Check it out today.
Today Blue Canoe Digital is releasing an ebook (downloadable electronic book)that I had the pleasure of co-authoring with famed Curtis Mayfield alumni and platinum producer, Buzz Amato.
It was a pleasure and an honor to work and compile my musical experiences for the Indie Artist/Producer Handbook. This ebook is designed for all artists, bands, composers, arrangers, engineers and producers regardless of skill or current level of success. The focus of this book is about taking control of one’s destiny, sharing your gifts and helping to achieve an overall balance between art and business.
Preview from book: (page 9)
When I was first approached about contributing to this book, I had reservations about being a part of this collaboration. While I admired and respected my fellow coauthor and while I was extremely honored to be considered for this book, I thought, “What am I going to write about?” “What do I have to offer in terms of information about surviving in the twenty-first century digital revolution?”
I started reflecting on my experiences and my growth both as a player and person and I realized that maybe I could offer a few opinions and advice to those trying to keep up with surviving in the twenty first century. I realized that from the time when I started working on my first independent CD ten years ago, that the music business has dramatically changed with the dawn of the digital age and the world wide web. In order to keep up with the ever evolving entertainment industry, I’ve had to reevaluate my mission and game plan many times in the last decade. I concluded that yes, maybe I could offer a few words of encouragement to those that want to share their music with a global audience but feel overwhelmed at where to begin.
In this twenty first century, artists/musicians/performers have to wear so many hats in order to survive, especially if you haven’t had a “hit” recording or don’t have a record deal. If you are an independent artist, It isn’t just about making music anymore, it’s also about learning how to share your sounds in this new global marketplace. The world wide web has made anything you dare to dream possible and even a reality. It is possible for an independent artist such as yourself to reach out and share your music with a global network of fans and industry at the click of your fingertips. From the planning stages of evaluating who you are and where you are going, to promoting your music, to hiring a team of professionals, to creating a synergy of your music and gifts. In my portion of this book, I will be offering advice based on my experiences with what works and what doesn’t work, things to consider and an overall balance between art and business.
** Now in its Third Edition (2011) with updates. Download your copy today.
Blue Canoe Records to release JPM “Decade 1996-2005″ CD on May 30th, 2006. Featuring remixes and remastered tunes, selected by JPM. JPM also performed all the instruments on the title track “Decade“.
Check out “Decade 1996-2005″
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“In this interview, Moore talks about his new recordings as a solo artist and a member of E.M.P. Project, Blue Canoe Records, doing remote sessions via the web, teaching online through MusicDojo, and the benefits of playing both electric and acoustic upright basses. Whether recording as a solo artist, performing as a member of E.M.P. Project, or touring as a sideman, Joseph Patrick Moore has demonstrated the diversity of his musical prowess across a broad spectrum of musical genres while utilizing acoustic upright, electric, and fretless basses.”
– Cliff Engel
Bassist Joseph Patrick Moore’s latest album Live in 05 is a fun and spirited jazz-fusion collection of songs recorded at This House Rocks in Atlanta, Georgia on April 2nd, 2005. Moore has been busy over the last few years, putting out a few albums of his own as well as appearing on various other artist’s recordings. Here, he and his crack band of Al Smith on keyboards, drummer Jon Chalden, EWI player Al Mcspadden, and percussionist Emrah Kotan really give a five performance on eleven tracks of smokin’ and funky fusion, melodic cool jazz, and progressive tinged improvisations.
Moore himself is a very smooth player with some serious chops, whether he is laying down deep grooves or lean melodic solos on electric, fretless, or double bass. Fans of Victor Bailey, Gary Willis, John Pattitucci, Stanley Clarke, and Marcus Miller, will instantly dig Moore’s energetic style. Although there are plenty of great bass solos on the album, the live setting affords his bandmates to also get in on the action, especially keyboard player Smith, who launches into a wild synth frenzy on the funky “Gypsy Moon Father Sun”. He also provides a nice melodic foundation in which Moore can dig into some serious popping bass lines on the light jazz piece “Fall”. Drummers will love the percussion/drum spotlight “Drum Dance”, which allows Chalden and Kotan some room to show off before the song segues into the fine “Datz It (version 2005)”, a song with plenty of funk bass melodies and 70’s styled electric piano.
Ultimately it comes down to compositions, and Moore is no slouch in that department. These are all memorable tunes with catchy melodies, which go along just fine with the solid chops of the band. So if you in the mood for some well played and melodic modern jazz fusion, you can’t go wrong with Live in 05.
3. Prayer of Solitude
4. Chief Dagga
5. Gypsy Moon Father Sun
6. Bless You
8. Bebop Charlie
10. Drum Dance
11. Datz It (version 2005)
Added: January 18th 2006
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Score: 4 out 5 stars.
JPM’s song “GrooveMessenger” from the “Drum and Bass Society Volume 1” CD is pre-loaded on the new iRiver T-30 MP3 Player. You may also download this song for free from Amazon.com
Reviewer: Lynda Dale MacLean
Reviewer’s Rating: 8
Joseph Patrick Moore is an accomplished bassist and composer and “Live in 05” recorded at “This House Rocks” in Atlanta, GA is a sensational Jazz album. I love the bass and percussion and felt the album, as a whole, had such a distinctive voice.
“SoulCloud” and “Mystery” have such a cool vibe going on. “Prayer of Solitude” darn this track was way too short; it was so awesome! “Datz It” (version 2005) ended the CD in style. “Live in 05” by Joseph Patrick Moore is a fine Jazz album that I really connected with.
Blue Canoe Records releases a live recording of JPM and friends:
“Live in 05″ was recorded at “This House Rocks” in Atlanta, GA on April 2nd, 2005.
Al Smith – Keys
Jon Chalden – Drums
Al McSpadden – EWI and Bass EWI
Emrah Kotan – Percussion