Ray Brown Trio With RalphMoore —
Moore Makes 4 ... CD Concord, 1990. Used ...
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We're not normally great fans of the Ray Brown Trio, but this album's a corker – thanks to some great tenor work by RalphMoore! Moore's a the height of his powers here – blowing with an easy soulfulness that recalls the classic late 50s work of Hank Mobley. His presence on the set really opens things up – and althoguh Brown's trio is more than fine, and Gene Harris' piano is always a treat, it's really Moore's tenor work that makes this album a gem. Titles are mostly standards, but done with imagination – and titles include "The Champ", "Polka Dots & Moonbeams", "Like Someone In Love", "Quasimoto", "Ralph's Boogie", and "SOS". CD
We're normally not the biggest fans of Oscar Peterson, but on this set, he's working with tenorist RalphMoore and trumpeter Roy Hargrove – and really gets past his usual trio sound! The album's got a strong and soulful frontline that really makes things happen – with Moore's tenor solos as impeccably placed as always, and Hargrove's trumpet strutting boldly at the top of the proceedings. Some of the strongest work on the set happens on Peterson's original compositions – and titles include "Rob Roy", "Blues For Stephane", "Cool Walk", "Ecstasy", "Truffles", and "She Has Gone". CD
A buzzing, moody and fairly free set by a lesser-known group led by composer & reeds player Alan Braufman! There's lots of nice, raw, post-Coltrane open-ended solos, and some more restrained modal moments that have a nice spiritual vibe – along with some tenser passages. The group includes bassist Cecil McBee, Cooper-Moore on piano & dulcimer, drummer David Lee, and percussionist Ralph Williams – and titles include the spiritually resonant standout "Chant" with a recitation by Cooper-Moore, "Miracles", "Ark Of Salvation", "Rainbow Warriors", and "Love Is For Real". LP, Vinyl record album
An excellent album from trumpeter Dusko Goykovich – and one that has a hell of a lot more to offer than the simple "bebop" promise of the title! Sure, there's something of a bop approach to a few of the tunes – but overall, the album's a myriad of colors, tones, and pulsating rhythms – handled in the best mode of Goykovich's classics from earlier years, by an impeccable group that includes Alvin Queen on drums, Kenny Barron on piano, and RalphMoore on tenor sax! Titles include "Sunrise In St Petersburg", "In The Sign Of Libra", "Lament", "Brooklyn Blues", and "No Love Without Tears". CD
A great lineup – with Don Sickler on trumpet and arrangements, plus Wallace Roney on trumpet, Bobby Watson on alto, RalphMoore on tenor, Rene Rosnes on piano, Bob Hurst on bass, Marvin Smitty Smith on drums, and Robin Eubanks on trombone! CD
A wonderful set of Latin jazz tunes – performed by a group headed up by saxophonist Michael James Turre, brother of the famous trombonist Steve Turre! This Turre shows that musical creativity definitely stays in the family – as Michael's work is graced with a free-thinking and openly soulful approach that makes the CD one of the freshest Latin jazz sets we've heard in a while. Turre plays soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxes – and he's joined by the great Marvin Smitty Smith on drums, and RalphMoore on both tenor and soprano on a few numbers. The set's got the magical feel of some of the best west coast Latin sessions from the 70s – and is done with a bit more of an edge than other sides coming from the LA scene in recent years. The heavy use of sax gives the album a soulfulness that we really dig, and Turre contributed some really great tunes to the set – which gives it quite a fresh feel! Titles include "Melange", "On Tour", "Lamento", "And So She Sang", and "Odd Guacamole". CD
Paul Winter & Winter Consort —
Road ... LP A&M, 1970. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Includes Ralph Towner, Paul McCandless, Glen Moore, and Colin Walcott – who would go on to form Oregon – Paul Winter and David Darling. LP, Vinyl record album