Moses Guest

Moses Guest

by Moses Guest

CD

Overview

For some post-baby boomers, jam bands have become a refuge from angst rock -- a place to go when they are in the mood for bands who are congenial instead of angry and don't live and breathe angst 100 percent of the time. In other words, many of these Grateful Dead-loving, New Riders of the Purple Sage-worshipping outfits are, to some Gen-X-ers, an alternative to alternative. Moses Guest is one of those laid-back, generally good-natured '90s/2000s jam bands who has a '60s/'70s outlook and a strong appreciation of the Grateful Dead. But the Dead aren't Moses Guest's only influence, and this self-titled double CD isn't as jam-minded as some might assume. In the past, some of the band's work has meandered -- with jam bands, meandering often comes with the territory. And because Moses Guest contains two CDs, some will assume that the Houston combo needed more space to accommodate more jamming and more improvising. But surprisingly, this release does not offer an excess of extended jamming. The Texans put most of their energy into honest-to-God songwriting -- not blowing -- and tracks like "Rag Doll" and "Saint Mo" are appealingly tuneful. The Grateful Dead and the New Riders are strong influences, but so are the Band, the Allman Brothers, and Little Feat. Kingfish (a Grateful Dead spin-off from the '70s) is a valid comparison, but so is Bruce Hornsby. While some jam bands are content to emulate the late Jerry Garcia and his associates, Moses Guest brings many different influences to the table. One of the impressive things about this release is the fact that it has very little filler -- the Texans manage to remain interesting (for the most part) for almost two hours, and this double CD demonstrates that they are among the more noteworthy acts in the jam band scene.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/05/2006
Label: Aufheben Records
UPC: 0616493003321
catalogNumber: 33

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Moses Guest   Primary Artist
James Edwards   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Dan Workman   Guitar
Karen Ritscher   Viola
Yvonne Washington   Background Vocals
Graham Guest   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals
Jeremy Horton   Bass Guitar
Jeff Walton   Conductor
Steve Palousek   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar
Rick Thompson   Organ,Synthesizer,Mandolin,Piano,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,Background Vocals,Clavinet
Andy Saad   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Dan Workman   Producer,Engineer
Ramon Morales   Engineer
Moses Guest   Arranger,Producer
Jeff Walton   Arranger

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