Brew Moore: I Can't Believe that You're in Love with Me


I Can't Believe that You're in Love with Me


Brew Moore (tenor saxophone)


Brew Moore Quintet (Original Jazz Classics 100-2)

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Brew Moore (tenor saxophone),

John Marabuto (piano), Max Hartstein (bass), Gus Gustofson (drums)


Composed by Jimmy McHugh and Clarence Gaskill


Recorded: San Francisco, CA, Jan. 15 & Feb. 22, 1956


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Milton Aubrey "Brew" Moore believed that "Anyone who doesn't play like Lester Young is wrong," and remained faithful to Prez's style throughout his short and sparsely documented career. Unlike his contemporaries Stan Getz and Zoot Sims, Moore's approach remained relatively unchanged over the years. Having said that, at his best he swung very hard and was a nimble and inventive improviser who was rightfully extolled by Jack Kerouac in his novel Desolation Angels (Chapter 97): "Brew Moore is blowing on tenor saxophone...and he plays perfect harmony to any tune they bring up—he pays little attention to anyone, he drinks his beer, he gets loaded and eye-heavy, but he never misses a beat or a note, because music is in his heart, and in music he has found that pure message to give to the world." Plagued by a drinking problem (hence his nickname "Brew"), Moore died in 1973 after falling down a stairway in Copenhagen, just days following his receipt of a large inheritance. He was only 49.

For his first album as leader in 1956, Moore fronted a group of obscure local San Francisco area musicians. On the track "I Can't Believe that You're in Love with Me," his tenor surges confidently through the theme and his solo with a perfectly matched buoyant rhythmic pulse and flowing phraseology, his somewhat foggy tone recalling Zoot Sims. Moore's sidemen acquit themsleves quite well, especially John Marabuto, whose piano solo is played with both a sound and percussive attack similar to that of Eddie Costa.

Reviewer: Scott Albin

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