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Format: CD
Sku: 60070814
UPC: 025218178129
UPC 14: 00025218178129
Release Date: 8/12/1991
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Duet: Queen Elizabeth And Bamboo Pipe ~ Moondog
2. Conversation And Music At 51st St. And 6th Ave. (New York City) ~ Moondog
3. Hardshoe (7/4) Ray Malone ~ Moondog
4. Tugboat Toccata ~ Moondog
5. Autumn ~ Moondog
6. Seven Beat Suite (3 parts) ~ Moondog
7. Oo Solo (6/4) ~ Moondog
8. Rehearsal Of Violetta's "Barefoot Dance" ~ Moondog
9. Oo Solo (2/4) ~ Moondog
10. Ostrich Feathers Played On Drum ~ Moondog
11. Oboe Round ~ Moondog
12. Chant ~ Moondog
13. All Is Loneliness ~ Moondog
14. Sextet (Oo) ~ Moondog
15. Fiesta Piano Solo ~ Moondog
16. Moondog Monologue ~ Moondog
17. Up Broadway - (bonus track) ~ Moondog
18. Perpetual Motion - (bonus track) ~ Moondog
19. Gloving It - (bonus track) ~ Moondog
20. Improvisation (piano solo) ~ Moondog
21. Ray Malone Softshoe - (bonus track) ~ Moondog
22. Two Quotations In Dialogue - (bonus track) ~ Moondog
23. 5/8 In Two Shades - (bonus track) ~ Moondog
24. Moondog's Theme - (bonus track) ~ Moondog
25. In A Doorway - (bonus track) ~ Moondog
26. Duet - (bonus track) ~ Moondog
27. Trimbas In Quarters - (bonus track) ~ Moondog
28. Wildwood - (bonus track) ~ Moondog
29. Trimbas In Eighths - (bonus track) ~ Moondog
30. Organ Rounds - (bonus track) ~ Moondog

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Originally released on Prestige (7069/7099).
Muze PNote This disc combines two albums Moondog recorded in 1956 and 1957 for the Prestige label. The music is highly percussive and orchestral in its sweep and approach, though utilizing only a small number of players, primarily Moondog himself. At the time of these recordings he was familiar sight in Manhattan, performing as a street musician.
Muze PNote Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the set opens with his duet for bamboo pipe (played by Moondog) and the Queen Elizabeth whistle--that is to say the actual bellowing whistle of the ship the Queen Elizabeth, as it came into port in New York City. His fascination with the waterfront's possibilities also surfaces in "Tugboat Toccata," which combines location boat sounds with studio-recorded piano and percussion. Elsewhere his "Fiesta Piano Solo" is a delight of rhythmically melodic invention. Some of the composer's invented instruments are also featured. This is bold and timeless music, by turns heartfelt and cerebral.

Artist Overview

Often known as the Viking of 6th Avenue, the blind New York City street performer and Norse-inspired sartorialist Moondog (born Louis Thomas Hardin) was in fact a groundbreaking composer, jazz musician, and musical avant-gardist. Among Moondog's many admirers were Charlie Parker, Philip Glass, Leonard Bernstein, and New York Philharmonic maestro Artur Rodzinski. His unique artistry was a combination of the then blossoming minimalist compositional style, bop, and free jazz aesthetics, as well Moondog's own divined musical philosophies, which would generate creation of, among others things, the percussion instrument the trimba. Moondog moved to Germany in 1974, where he lived and worked until his death in 1999.

Associated Artists and Works

Andrews, Julie
Jenkins, Gordon
Kenny Graham
London Saxophonic
Moondog (Hardcore)
Wolfgang Schwering

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 10/10/1991
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1992
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 1781
Music Label Name Label : Original Jazz Classics
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Mono
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00025218178129

Professional Reviews

Musician (8/92, p.94)
- "..This could be the soundtrack to your next mock-beatnik intriguing ear-stretcher.."

Record Collector (magazine)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "Street noises, foghorns, tap-dancing and a howling dog all add to the unique atmosphere, primal rhythms and unusual structures of these scarcely-heard Moondog compositions."

Record Collector (magazine)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "[This] pairs two albums recorded for jazz label Prestige in the mid-'50s, a mind-blowing mix of weird syncopation...and titles such as 'Ostrich Feathers Played On Drums'..."

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