Moss

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
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: 4/8/2008
  • Label: Sunny Side
  • UPC: 016728118125
  • Catalog Number: 1181
  • Sales rank: 258,237

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Shadows and Light 1 (1:59)
  2. 2 Object Devotion (4:48)
  3. 3 I Carry Your Heart with Me (I Carry It In) (6:49)
  4. 4 There Alone Go I (4:34)
  5. 5 Orchard (4:21)
  6. 6 Old Man (4:30)
  7. 7 Home (3:51)
  8. 8 Lavaliere (4:01)
  9. 9 Take It with Me (4:07)
  10. 10 These Things Take Time (5:51)
  11. 11 Longing (2:57)
  12. 12 Busy Being Blue (4:36)
  13. 13 Shadows and Light 2 (1:36)
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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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