Thomas Moeckel's Centrio: Secret Love
Thomas Moeckel's Centrio
The Nearness of You (Turicaphon ES73751)
Thomas Moeckel (guitar),
Dominik Schurmann (bass), Stephan Felber (drums).
Composed by Sammy Fain.
Recorded: Switzerland, 2008
Rating: 94/100 (learn more)
Hollywood has been a generous source of jazz standards, often from some fairly improbable vehicles. Sammy Fain penned "Secret Love" for the 1953 film Calamity Jane, a comic horse opera featuring the lovely Doris Day. It won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and has been a fixture in jam-session repertoires ever since.
Thomas Moeckel's version is full-throttle swing played at a breakneck tempo. After stating the head above the ubiquitous pedal-on-the-fifth launch pad, his vibrant and kinetic guitar lines expand into fat chord melodies before yielding to Stephan Felber's lyrical 2-chorus drum solo.
Many guitarists try to think and play like horn players, sometimes with mixed results. Thomas Moeckel has an advantage over most in that he has mastered both the trumpet and guitar, and the fusion of ideas from each instrument is obvious. At the same time it begs the question, which is his principal instrument? The answer may lie in this cut, in which he offers evidence that his love for the guitar is no secret.
Reviewer: Bill Barnes