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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Michael Moore - Holocene (Ramboy, 2008) ****½

The Michael Moore Trio brings us the versatile reedist in the company of Guy Klusevcek on accordion and Erik Friedlander on cello, three formidable musicians, who all share a common penchant for melodious adventure, with a background in jazz but certainly not restricted by genres. On this album they bring no less than 13 pieces, all between two and five minutes long. The "Holocene" is the time period that started 10,000 years ago and continues to the present, or the end of the glacial period. The music reflects some of this timeless peek in history, offering primal sound combinations, sometimes very organic, almost natural, like ice melting, or rain dripping, or birds chattering, as on "Well On Our Way", or melodic, with a light mediterranean quality, as on "Jody Jones", but always light, fragile, almost transparent music. Even on the more somber pieces, such as "Dark Christians", with a gloomy atmosphere, or on the more solemn pieces, such as "Gilgamesh", the lightness and subtlety of touch prevail. Like on many of his previous albums, Moore explores the boundaries of many musical traditions, moving them into common ground, not of form, but of feeling and depth, giving his music a universal quality which is hard to describe, "holoscenic" may be good description. Excellent album.

Listen to "Well On Our Way".

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