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.
BassGuitar Magazine (UK) November 2004
Review by Andy Long for ThirdBass. Commisioned by Bass Guitar Magazine.
Bass Guitar Magazine Issue 14
A surprisingly mellow version of Men At Work’s ‘Down Under‘ opens this latest project from Atlanta based session man Moore. It’s an colourful album that takes a tour around some of his influences, for instance the opening track is followed by a jazz arrangement of ‘Ghost Town’ by The Specials and the songs of Tony Williams, Phish and The Fixx are also to be found. His own compositions are a cocktail of funk, jazz and soul shaken and stirred by a multitude of musicians. ‘Jamband Express‘ has a solid blues/funk feel with an irresistible groove and his tribute to Herbie Hancock, ‘Herbie‘ is a showcase for some outstanding soloing, Adam Nitti pops up on this track as an added bonus. Moore was recently named as one of the 100 greatest jazz bassist by Digital Dream Door and this album is the lastest testament to that achievement.
JPM appears in the December issue of Basics Magazine (issue #37/Nathan East). The song “Herbie” from JPM’s Drum and Bass Society Volume 1 CD is featured on the CD sampler that is included with every issue, as well as commentary and a transcription from Joseph about the recording of this tune. “Herbie” also features a guest appearance by bass wizard Adam Nitti.
AllAboutJazz.com – August 2004
Review by: Mark Sabbatini
When an album opens with a quirky reinterpretation of the 1980s hit “Down Under” it’s safe to assume the artist is looking to have a good time. Joseph Patrick Moore succeeds to a degree in bringing listeners along on Drum And Bass Society, Vol. 1, even if the cast of players doesn’t quite let its collective hair down enough to make this a consistent fun fest throughout. It’s an all-over-the-map jam band romp where nobody’s the life of the party, but almost everyone has something interesting to say if you focus on them amidst the din.
The fifteen tracks include seven originals by the bass player, plus reinterpretations of hits by groups such as Phish, The Specials, and The Fixx. It’s a radical departure from Moore’s 2002 multi-tracked solo album Alone Together, with the new release featuring more than twenty musicians and only a couple of songs where Moore solos—his arranging of this huge cast is the main contribution.
The most unfortunate moment is Moore’s slow reggae treatment of “Down Under,” which might have been a readily identifiable crowd-pleaser, but instead comes across as unimaginative and badly at odds with the album’s overall beat. The vocals are played straight and the instrumentalists avoid anything notable for a radio-safe four minutes. The concept works much better on “One Thing Leads To Another” as one of the wind players takes over immediately on flute and doesn’t let go throughout a peppery string of phrases. It’s hardly the inspired madness of the Bad Plus, but is a plus rather than a minus to the album.
Speaking of inspired madness, some of the better moments of it occur on the hybrid world/funk/whatever collage of “Cheesefrog Funk.” “Groove Messenger” delivers a decent bit of fusion in the style of Miles Davis, who Moore cites as one of his big influences. And the scope of variety can be seen on the rather flute-heavy New Agey “Rain Dance” and the almost mainstream jazz of “Herbie,” a tribute to pianist Herbie Hancock.
The CD, released on Moore’s Blue Canoe Records, has a $9 list price, and two songs, “Jamband Express” and “Groove Messenger (The Story of Jazztronica),” are available as free MP3 downloads from Moore’s web site and online vendors such as Amazon.com .
Moore has proven a solid player in a variety of settings since appearing on the recording scene in the mid 1990s, and this album ranks well among his releases. Fans wanting to hear him in this setting will likely be satisfied and new listeners of such music will find it worthwhile to at least investigate the free previews. Those wanting to hear his playing will find Alone Together a better and also intriguing bet, since the overdubbing includes unexpected sounds such as percussion generated by tapping on his bass.
Vol. 5 No.3, Summer 2004
Review by Fred Adams
Joseph Patrick Moore’s Drum & Bass Society, Volume 1 has got to be one of the most intriguing new releases of the year. From the moment the disc begins, with a new spin on Men at Work‘s ‘Down Under,’ it is rapidly apparent that this Tennessee native’s musical odyssey is unlike anything else coming from the South, or anywhere else for that matter.
As much a composer as a bassist, the majority of the songs on this, Moore’s fourth solo release, are (very) original. From beginning to end, the songs are all well written, uniquely arranged, and performed with a confidence and purity of a performer doing something he obviously loves. While all of the material is strong, songs such as ‘Creatures of Conscience’ (featuring guest appearances by ARU alumni Count M’ Butu and Jeff Sipe), ‘Datz It’ (featuring Moore’s former Fiji Mariner band mate Dr. Dan Matrazzo on keyboards, along with Johnny Mosier on guitar), and the ‘Cheese Frog Funk‘ trilogy leave little doubt that this is an artist whose vast talents span many musical genres, from new age to jazz to reggae.
‘Jamband Express,’ also featuring Jeff Sipe on drums, is another masterfully played, and deceptively titled, track. While the songs name may lead one to expect sounds similar to the bass Moore became known for as he joined Col. Bruce Hampton‘s Fiji Mariners, not even a trace of his jam scene influences can be heard here. The track actually sounds more suited to be heard as the theme of a TV show, or movie soundtrack, than something one would hear on today’s jam scene.
While his own compositions are strong, Moore also seems to take great joy, and possess tremendous talents, in rearranging the material of others. Besides the aforementioned ‘Down Under,’ Moore also gives new life to another 80s pop hit, The Fixx’s ‘One Thing Leads to Another‘ (sung by George and Caroline Pond of Snake Oil Medicine Show), as well as Phish’s ‘Heavy Things‘.
Regardless of the genre he pursues, Moore plays with the class, style and skills of a man whose life is devoted to his craft. While his compositions may never lend themselves to mass commercial appeal or radio play, Drum & Bass Society proves Moore belongs in the elite echelon of today’s newest, and brightest, stars of the new age jazz world.
CleverJoe.com may 2004
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Drum & Bass Society – Joseph Patrick Moore
Although CleverJoe generally tries to select artists from the abundant good music within the thriving Canadian indie music scene, once in awhile a CD comes across his desk that really kicks his ass (which is somewhat strange because CleverJoe, one dimensional as he is, has no ass, nor for that matter a desk).
A few weeks ago, Joe was rolling along the 401, whistling a tune vaguely inspired by a song Bob Dylan once borrowed. The CD arrived a couple weeks earlier and busy as he is, Clever had not read the accompanying press release. So with no preconceptions, he reached over and popped in Joseph Patrick’s Moore’ Drum & Bass Society CD, pressed play and rolled the window down a crack.
There’s no looking back baby.
Mmmm… sweet, jazzy and intelligent, this is a great CD that goes on evolving each time it’s listened to. A mostly instrumental CD, featuring a healthy dose of uniquely arranged cover tunes backed by a solid live band with funkadelic bass, percussion, horns, woodwinds and strings.
With a peppering of electronica and soundscapes, Drum & Bass Society wanders through some unique covers of tunes by Phish, Tony Williams, Men at Work, The Specials and the Fixx. A few songs do feature a vocalist, most notably Temple Passmore on the opening track ‘Down Under‘.
Arranged by Joseph Patrick Moore, a 34 year old bassist from Knoxville, TN, Moore’s influences include Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane, The Police and Charlie Parker. Traces of all can be heard throughout the extended jams and instrument solos on the hour long CD.
The music definitely grows on you in a laid back sort of way . CleverJoe recommends you do yourself a favour and high tail it to JPM’s web site and have a taste of some Drum & Bass Society yourself. Your day will be better for it.
CleverJoe Tip: This is road trip music at it’s best.
University of Idaho, May 2004
By Jon Hammond
Bassist Joseph Patrick Moore’s latest release, “Drum & Bass Society-Vol. 1,” experiments with many styles and instrumental groupings in a way that can only be described as eclectic. Each song displays a different mix of sounds and personnel, ranging from the violin, mandolin and flute to heavily sampled drum machine tracks and echoey voices.
The album’s jazz influence is easy to hear on tracks like “Groove Messenger (The Story of Jazztronica),” where Vance Thompson’s trumpet improvisations and Frank Amato’s work on the Fender Rhodes keyboard recall Miles Davis’ recordings of the late ’60s and early ’70s. But when Moore does jazz it is wholly original, preferring a sampled trip-hop beat to the traditional drum kit sound
Just as easily as the electric jazz element is established, other tracks stick to a more pop sound. While Moore’s arrangements of Men at Work’s “Down Under” or The Fixx’s “One Thing Leads to Another” aren’t the highlights of this CD, they do provide an interesting contrast to the album’s more ethereal wanderings.
Other songs covered by Moore and his band stay closer to the group’s “jam band” sound. Jazz drummer Tony Williams’ “Creatures of Conscience” allows drummer Jeff Sipe to stretch out and show his chops, while “Heavy Things,” written by the band Phish, mixes jazzlike improvisation with programmed, Alvin-and-the-Chipmunks-esque vocals.
Moore’s technical ability on his instrument is solid, but he isn’t overly showy. In fact, on several tracks, including the album’s opener “Down Under,” he stays out of the way and lets the other instruments shine.
“Drum & Bass Society-Vol. 1” is quality recording with something a little different on each of its 15 tracks.
By Laura Turner Lynch
JOSEPH PATRICK MOORE – DRUM & BASS SOCIETY VOLUME 1: Drum & Bass Society is the fourth release from bassist, multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Joseph Patrick Moore (JPM). Joseph’s influences vary from jazz greats Miles Davis and Coltrain to modern rockers such as The Police. JPM has worked with many musicians and he has played on over forty recordings from other artists. Drum & Bass Society is a fifteen-track collection that includes seven originals, five innovative covers and three quick interludes. The CD is an eclectic mix ranging from jazz, rock, world and so much more. Many talented players contribute to this dynamic collection. ‘Ghost Town’ features haunting sounds and vocals with diverse instrumentation. Funky beats blend with the mandolin and pedal steel to create an evocative modern jazz song. ‘Groove Messenger’ is an up-tempo jazz number that features dynamic drumming including the congas and an udu drum. Joseph crafts smooth cool beats on an acoustic bass as a subtle mandolin melds with a trumpet, a tenor sax and a soprano saxophone. This song has a lot of flavor and first-rate musicianship. JPM’s interpretation of The Fixx‘s ‘One Thing Leads to Another‘ is acoustic based. The highlight of the song is the flute leads and other solos giving this rock hit a more improvisational direction. JPM has compiled an eclectic mix of exotic mostly instrumental songs that are masterful!
• Recommended Tracks: (2,3,6)