SAN FRANCISCO - New to Reference Recordings' Fresh! series is Portland Oregon based jazz vocalist, composer, trumpet and harmonica player Robert Moore. He has evolved a sound uniquely his own, mixing his Southern roots, influences of soul and gospel into his own distinct interpretations of bebop and swinging jazz.
A long-time resident of Birmingham, Alabama, Moore has been heard in Southern jazz clubs from New Orleans to North Carolina, moving his base to Portland, Oregon, where he performs regularly. In Japan, where American jazz is particularly revered, his tours have been received with wild appreciation and enthusiasm. He has released four previous CDs.
Outta My Soul showcases six originals and six compositions from diverse writers including Frank Loesser, Sting, Gene Ammons and King Pleasure - one instrumental and eleven vocals from delicate to scat to blues proclamation. There's even a Ken Nordine-esque spoken 'word jazz' number.
Produced by Robert and recorded in high-resolution by innovative engineer Bob Stark, the album combines creative arrangements and outstanding performances by many of Portland's best musicians in a wide variety of settings from two to twelve.
Whether leading with his horn into familiar standards, scatting imaginative lines straight from the heart, blowing creative lines on the harmonica, or exposing listeners to interspersed originals, Moore cuts to the heart of a song, opening up sounds in new ways and winning fans with his frequent wry notes of humor.
"And if Birmingham surprises you as a town for Jazz, thats only because you havent heard Robert Moore. Yet." -Bart Grooms, Black & White Magazine
"This 'music' is more than notes emanating from vibrations of vocal chords, reeds, strings and drum heads...the audience was spellbound, captivated by this night's major magic...moments of silence while the hypnotic wisps of poetic melodies float through the air...ensemble maximus." -Unkie Buck, Portland Music Scene
FRESH! is part of Reference Recordings mission to encourage new artists and give them a strong platform for promotion and sales nationally and internationally.
1. All Day Long
2. She Lies Herself to Sleep
3. Nothin' 'Bout Me
4. Another Round
5. Don't Ever Tell Me
8. I Want a Little Girl
9. Benny's from Heaven
10. Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year
11. Swan Blues
12. Shine On Little Star