Thomas Moeckel's Centrio: C.C. Glider
Thomas Moeckel's Centrio
The Nearness of You (Turicaphon ES73751)
Thomas Moeckel (guitar),
Dominik Schurmann (bass), Stephan Felber (drums).
Composed by Thomas Moeckel.
Recorded: Switzerland, 2008
Rating: 94/100 (learn more)
This intriguing release from Thomas Moeckel yields more hues from the broad musical palette of the prolific Swiss guitarist, horn man and composer. Moeckel is hard to pigeonhole; he is certainly a jazz artist, but he frequently steps out of those shoes to dabble in blues and rock idioms. His unique compositions are free-range eclectic, frequently tinged with a bit of theatrical coloration. "C.C. Glider" is a lively samba, an ascending progression lifting a simple melody, stated in lush, full-bodied triads. Moeckel's mastery of the fusion guitar subgenre is evident in his minimalist approach, spaciousness, and tasteful employment of chorus, using the effect to enhance rather than cloud the instrument's tone. Solo lines soar free and effortlessly above the sprightly bass and drum support, enhanced by rich chord voicing with a slight suggestion of sitar timbre. This is one glider with plenty of air under its wings.
Reviewer: Bill Barnes