When the Moon Jumps

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Composer/bandleader Schaphorst is known for his modern big-band charts, but for this recording the band is down to a tentet. Still loaded with great Boston-based ensemble players and soloists, the musicians read their leader's dense, clever, and twist-turning tunes to a tee. The group here includes John Medeski piano, Billy Martin drums, and Chris Wood bass join Either/Orchestra members John Dirac electric guitar, Doug Yates alto sax/bass clarinet, John Carlson trumpet, and Curtis Hasselbring trombone, alongside Donny McCaslin tenor/soprano sax, Bob Levy trumpet, and Dane Richeson percussion. Of the seven pieces, two are revamped standards: the well-worn "All the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Composer/bandleader Schaphorst is known for his modern big-band charts, but for this recording the band is down to a tentet. Still loaded with great Boston-based ensemble players and soloists, the musicians read their leader's dense, clever, and twist-turning tunes to a tee. The group here includes John Medeski piano, Billy Martin drums, and Chris Wood bass join Either/Orchestra members John Dirac electric guitar, Doug Yates alto sax/bass clarinet, John Carlson trumpet, and Curtis Hasselbring trombone, alongside Donny McCaslin tenor/soprano sax, Bob Levy trumpet, and Dane Richeson percussion. Of the seven pieces, two are revamped standards: the well-worn "All the Things You Are" has an African highlife beat derived with wonderfully conceived swelling and receding horns; and Dizzy Gillespie's "Con Alma" is creepy crawly, with a reggae tinge leading to a swing bridge. Both are conceived quite well. The 20-minute, three part "Concerto for John Medeski" has the intro "Flowing" in a contrasting tick-tock/mouse-ran-up-the-clock feel superimposed on a waltz theme. Medeski's ruminating solo piano goes into oriental-waltz mode and back to blues, comprising part two, "Standing Still." The finale "Flying" sets the pianist on a hot dance free fall with a bop-parachute frenzy. Schaphorst's preference for juxtapositions is evidenced in the bubbling Afro-Cuban percussion of Martin and Richeson, which underscores the cool, under-the-surface horns of the title selection, setting up a lengthy and animated tenor sax solo by the always riveting McCaslin. Martin's twangy, popping bass intro leads to another waltz, while Hasselbring's growling trombone and Dirac's trippy rock grinds a one-note guitar solo for "Checkered Blues," a perfect title. Schaphorst claims to have lifted the idea of "Stomping Ground" from Louis Armstrong's version of "Let's Do It," but it sounds more like a late-'50s Sun Ra chart, with a floating pedal point bridge and the heftiest horn lines on the CD. The three-and-a-half minutes of "Perfect Machine," a distended 6/8 funk, offers chasing melodic invention. It seems Schaphorst is in his prime with this recording as a composer of truly original new music, and judging by his versions of the standards, he is not willing to sit still on that count either. Well worth the price of submission.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/20/1994
  • Label: Accurate Records
  • UPC: 743431420329
  • Catalog Number: 4203
  • Sales rank: 356,722

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 When the Moon Jumps - Ken Schaphorst (7:15)
  2. 2 Checkered Blues - Ken Schaphorst (7:56)
  3. 3 All the Things You Are - Ken Schaphorst (7:56)
  4. 4 Con Alma - Ken Schaphorst (7:15)
  5. 5 Stomping Ground - Ken Schaphorst (6:12)
  6. 6 Perfect Machine/Concerto for John Medeski - Ken Schaphorst (3:35)
  7. 7 Concerto for John Medeski: Flowing - Ken Schaphorst (7:01)
  8. 8 Concerto for John Medeski: Standing Still - Ken Schaphorst (6:08)
  9. 9 Concerto for John Medeski: Flying - Ken Schaphorst (6:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ken Schaphorst Big Band Primary Artist
Ken Schaphorst Indexed Contributor
John Carlson Trumpet
John Dirac Guitar
John Medeski Piano, Keyboards
Doug Yates Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Billy Martin Percussion
Donny McCaslin Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Curtis Hasselbring Trombone
Chris Wood Bass
Dane Richeson Percussion
Bob Levy Trumpet
Technical Credits
The Lounge Lizards Contributor
Ken Schaphorst Arranger, Producer
John Carlson Contributor
Larry Darling Engineer
John Dirac Contributor
Doug Yates Contributor
John Zorn Contributor
Billy Martin Contributor
Bob Blumenthal Liner Notes
Donny McCaslin Contributor
Jim Rivett Illustrations
Chris Wood Contributor
Bob Levy Contributor
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