Moss

Moss

by Moss
     
 

Over many decades of jazz singing, vocal summits have been formed to record, tour, then vanish as one-shots. Moss are a collaborative effort of five vocalists that hopefully will have a shelf life beyond this noteworthy CD. Luciana Souza and Kate McGarry are the most prominent singers, followed by Theo Bleckmann, Peter Eldridge, and the pleasantSee more details below

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Over many decades of jazz singing, vocal summits have been formed to record, tour, then vanish as one-shots. Moss are a collaborative effort of five vocalists that hopefully will have a shelf life beyond this noteworthy CD. Luciana Souza and Kate McGarry are the most prominent singers, followed by Theo Bleckmann, Peter Eldridge, and the pleasant surprise of the group, Lauren Kinhan. They blend timbres, melt into chorus and lyric refrains, allow ample space for one another, and adopt an improvisational ideal within fairly structured frameworks. The women dominate the majority of the tunes by sheer numbers and upper stratospheric octaves, which reflect a wide variety of human emotions. McGarry's feature on Neil Young's "Old Man" is especially poignant given the nature of the tune. Souza's "Home" is a ballad longing for place and comfort, while Kinhan's "Lavaliere" is a tribute to the light blue spectrum. Bleckmann's take on the Tom Waits tune "Take It with Me" is typically introspective and oblique, while Eldridge is getting over a broken love affair on "Busy Being Blue." The group collaborations feature a spontaneous combination of scat, oohs, ahhs, and wordless swing during "These Things Take Time," a spacy counterpoint in layers on the devotional "I Carry Your Heart with Me (I Carry It In)," and a short evocative lyric with long tones during "Orchard." "There Alone Go I" is a folkish waltz, the three women pine on the bluesy "Object Devotion," and Bleckmann rears a 3/4 stairstep module with vocal loops over bass clarinet and cello on the chamber-like "Longing." Included as bookends are two separate observations of Joni Mitchell's "Shadows and Light," the first a choral union with counter-lines and solos, the latter a critique of critics. Electric guitarist Ben Monder and pianist Eldridge play significant instrumental roles in lifting the singing on high. A unique project unto itself, Moss hopefully will grow upon a tour and roll into a prospective second recording as intriguing and thoughtful as this one.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/08/2008
Label:
Sunny Side
UPC:
0016728118125
catalogNumber:
1181
Rank:
290197

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Moss   Primary Artist
Kate McGarry   Vocals,Group Member
Peter Eldridge   Piano,Vocals,Soloist,Group Member
Lauren Kinhan   Vocals,Group Member
Ben Monder   Electric Guitar,Soloist
Ben Wittman   Organ,Percussion,Drums,Harmonium,Keyboards
Theo Bleckmann   Vocals,Loops,Soloist,Group Member
Tim Lefebvre   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Luciana Souza   Vocals,Group Member
Keith Ganz   Acoustic Guitar,Soloist
Jody Redhage   Cello
Michael McGinnis   Bass Clarinet

Technical Credits

Joni Mitchell   Composer
Tom Waits   Composer
Neil Young   Composer
Kate McGarry   Arranger,Composer
Kathleen Brennan   Composer
Peter Eldridge   Arranger,Composer
Lauren Kinhan   Arranger,Composer
Ben Wittman   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production,Percussion Programming
A.T. Michael MacDonald   Mastering
Theo Bleckmann   Arranger,Composer
Coleman Barks   translation
Christopher Drukker   Art Direction
e.e. cummings   Composer
Manfred Knoop   Engineer
Luciana Souza   Arranger,Composer,Liner Notes
Jack Donahue   Composer
Rumi   Composer

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