Ordered Stanton Moore’s book, Groove Alchemy, today. So excited for it to get here!
Over the past two decades, drummer Stanton Moore has developed a reputation as being one of the country’s renowned (and somewhat unheralded) funk musicians for his work with Galactic, the incredible Garage A Trois and Dragon Smoke, which interestingly enough shows his adept, improvisational chops.
However, what is seemingly little known is the fact that Moore has played a lot of jazz in New Orleans — in fact, jazz has long been a part of his development of his development as a professional musician and something that he’s loved as long as he could remember.
Moore’s latest and forthcoming solo effort, Conversations is a return to his roots, and a bit of a change of sonic direction for those familiar with his most known work. Working as a trio, with pianist David Torkanowsky and bassist James Singleton, ”Lauren Z,” the first single off Moore’s new effort is a gorgeous composition that is deceptively simple and yet reminiscent of Dave Brubeck —in the sense there’s more going on than you think as it’s propelled forward by the interplay between Torkanowsky, Moore and Singleton based on the musician’s sense of simpatico. In particular, Torkanowsky plays with the regal and sublime beauty that reminds me of McCoy Tyner, in particular check out the sequence around 1:45-2:25 or so. And Moore has a pretty fantastic drum solo around the 3 minute mark that makes me want to shout every time I hear it.
There’s something about jazz on a Sunday afternoon that’s perfect — but I’ve also argued that listening to jazz is a way to understand the very nature of the universe. How can anything so beautiful not be, right?
YES YES A THOUSAND TIMES YES
Lets play the contest: why this is stupid. Who wants to be a contestant?
Instead of letting girls do whatever they want, teach girls to respect rules.
Just wanted to add that the reason there’s a dress code in place is to prepare students for being in a professional environment, and for students to learn in a professional environment. It’s not about ‘distracting boys’. Without a dress code in place and students showing up to school wearing inappropriate clothing, it distracts all students. Not just boys. Some teenage girl probably made that myth up and everyone agreed with her. Then when there’s no dress code, it creates bullying and conflict among other students. I remember at my high school when this teenage girl wore little clothing, then these other girls called her a slut and this huge fight broke out, resulting in suspensions. There’s a dress code in place so you learn in a professional environment and conflicts don’t start. So quit whining about not being able to wear booty shorts and crop tops to school, actually take your education seriously.