Moss
Moss
SSC1181
2008-04-08
Moss By Moss

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Shadows And Light 1 - 2:01
Object Devotion - 4:48
I carry your hear - 6:49
There Alone Go I - 4:34
Orchard - 4:22
Old Man - 4:31
Home - 3:52
Lavaliere - 4:01
Take It With Me - 4:07
These Things Take Time - 5:52
Longing - 2:57
Busy Being Blue - 4:36
Shadows And Light 2 - 1:38

 

Musicians:
"Moss - vocals
Theo Bleckmann - vocals
Peter Eldridge - vocals
Lauren Kinhan - vocals
Kate McGarry - vocals
Luciana Souza - vocals
Tim Lefevre - acoustic bass
Ben Monder - guitar - electric
Ben Wittman - drums, organ
Keith Gantz - guitar - acoustic
Michael McGinnis - bass clarinet
Jody Redhage - cello

"Vocal ensembles have played a significant role in seven decades of jazz, from the loose-limbed swing of the Mills Brothers and the vocalese of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross to the multilayered sounds of Bobby McFerrin's Voicestra. Now comes a group with the enigmatic name of MOSS, adventuring in search of new ways to combine the seemingly endless potential of the voice with the essence of jazz.
The members of MOSS have impressive résumés. Kate McGarry is a first-rate solo artist; Peter Eldridge and Lauren Kinhan are members of the Grammy-winning New York Voices; Theo Bleckmann has ranged through the avant-garde in projects with Meredith Monk; Luciana Souza is a three time Grammy nominee with credentials in jazz and classical.
Not to be pigeon holed, these master vocalists supply their own unique originals along with a bevy of thoughtful arrangements of not so standard tunes (including pieces by Tom Waits, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and E.E. Cummings). "

Reviews:

Innovative vocal ensembles are a rare breed and Moss is sui generis.
Fred Bouchard, DOWNBEAT - July 2008 read the full article

It began with a chance meeting, onboard a New-York-bound train, between Luciana Souza and Peter Eldridge.
Christipher Loudon, JazzTimes - June 2008 read the full article

Best of 2008 on NPR : Vijay Iyer and Kenny Barron both were chosen for the " Geniuses collide in 2008's Best Jazz" while Moss was included in the "The 10th Annual CD, Er, MP3 Gift Guide" and Francesco Tristano figures in the selection for "WNYC's Genre Mix: Top 10 Albums Of 2008".

Shaunna Morrison Machosky, NPR - December 2008 read the full article
Ned Wharton, NPR - December 2008 read the full article
John Schaefer, NPR - January 2009 read the full article

Congratulations to Moss for their album "Moss" that James Hale (Downbeat, Signal to Noise) Larry Applebaum (JazzTimes; WPFW-FM, Washington, D.C.) Shaun Brady (Philadelphia Daily News, Downbeat) selected in their top 10 of 2008 for the Village Voice critics poll.


 

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