Bass Song written/performed by Joseph Patrick Moore (bass), featuring Chris Blackwell (guitar) and Wayne Viar (drums). Recorded live at Douglas Corner, Nashville, TN July 12, 2013 as part of the Namm Bass Bash.
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Quest written/performed by Joseph Patrick Moore (bass), featuring Chris Blackwell (guitar) and Wayne Viar (drums). Recorded live at Douglas Corner, Nashville, TN July 12, 2013.
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.
Prior to the era of grunge it was popular for musicians to possess musicianship. The jamband scene has come to the rescue for those of us who still prefer players who know how to play, and one of the better bass players in the jamband world is former BlueGround UnderGrass bassist Joseph Patrick Moore. His new solo LP, ALONE TOGETHER, consists of only one instrument, the bass (electric and stand-up), multi-tracked and played in a variety of octaves to create a bass symphony. On the stylistic side, what sets Moore apart from most bass virtuosos is that he actually plays bass parts on the bass rather than guitar parts. Further distancing him from the instrumentalist flock is that ALONE TOGETHER demonstrates he is facile and versatile without
turning into a circus sideshow. The tunes are low-key and understated, and he touches on an interesting variety of styles, mainly jazz, ambient and funk.