Available Jelly: Lovelock
Bilbao Song (Ramboy 21)
Michael Moore (alto sax),
Eric Boeren (cornet), Wolter Wierbos (trombone), Toby Delius (tenor sax), Ernst Glerum (bass), and Michael Vatcher (percussion).
Composed by Michael Moore.
Recorded: Weesp, NL, February 25-27, 2004
Rating: 96/100 (learn more)
Saxophonist/clarinetist Michael Moore's composition "Lovelock" is a small tour de force, a five-minute-twenty-nine-second non-sequential voyage through jazz history. The tune is a time machine that drops off the listener at spots along the historical continuum, from post-bop to avant to swing, with a side trip to '20s New Orleans. It's remindful of the affectionate stylistic remembrances to which Charles Mingus was prone—a nod to the past that nevertheless remains steadfastly anchored in the present. Moore's band, Available Jelly, comprising two reeds, cornet, trombone, bass and drums, is well-configured to address everything from Dixieland to free jazz. They do so with spirit and great skill, rendering Moore's compositional quirks with the right balance of precision and abandon. The soloists are superb, especially the two saxophonists, altoist Moore and tenorist Toby Delius, both of whom build an edifice of hyper-modernity (extended techniques, assiduous avoidance of tonality) on a solid foundation of jazz styles past.
Reviewer: Chris Kelsey