More-Story Of Moondog CD (1991)

Artist: Moondog

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Product Overview


Label Fantasy/original Jazz Classics
SKU 60070814
UPC 025218178129
UPC 14 00025218178129
Format CD
Release Date 8/12/1991
Author Moondog
Associated Artist/Work Andrews, Julie
Associated Artist/Work Jenkins, Gordon
Associated Artist/Work Kenny Graham
Associated Artist/Work London Saxophonic
Artist Influence Arturo Toscanini (Conductor)
Artist Influence Duke Ellington
Artist Influence Erik Satie (Composer)
Artist Influence Henry Cowell (Composer)
Artist Influence Johann Sebastian Bach (Composer)
Artist Influence John Cage
Artist Contemporary Charlie Parker (Sax)
Artist Contemporary Dizzy Gillespie
Artist Contemporary Harry Partch (Composer)
Artist Contemporary Leonard Bernstein
Artist Contemporary Louie Bellson
Artist Contemporary Morton Subotnick (Composer)
Artist Contemporary Philip Glass
Artist Contemporary Steve Reich (Composer)
Artist Contemporary Sun Ra
Artist Contemporary Terry Riley (Composer)
Artist Contemporary The Residents
Artist Contemporary William S. Burroughs
Artist Follower Absolutely Free
Artist Follower Arthur Russell
Artist Follower Fran?ois & the Atlas Mountains
Artist Follower Joanna MacGregor (Piano)
Artist Follower John Adams (Composer)
Artist Follower John Cale
Artist Follower Peter Hammill
Artist Follower Philip Glass
Artist Follower Prefab Sprout
Artist Follower Robert Wyatt
Artist Follower Silver Apples
Artist Follower Steve Reich (Composer)
Artist Follower The Fugs
Artist Follower Tom Waits
Technical Info
CatalogID 1781
Lable Name Original Jazz Classics
Released 10/10/1991
Original Release 1992
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Mono
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00025218178129
Album Notes and Credits
Originally released on Prestige (7069/7099).
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.
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.
Professional Reviews
Musician (8/92, p.94) - "..This could be the soundtrack to your next mock-beatnik intriguing ear-stretcher.."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.86) - 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) (p.138) - 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'..."
Disc 1
1 Duet: Queen Elizabeth And Bamboo Pipe
2 Conversation And Music At 51st St. And 6th Ave. (New York City)
3 Hardshoe (7/4) Ray Malone
4 Tugboat Toccata
5 Autumn
6 Seven Beat Suite (3 parts)
7 Oo Solo (6/4)
8 Rehearsal Of Violetta's "Barefoot Dance"
9 Oo Solo (2/4)
10 Ostrich Feathers Played On Drum
11 Oboe Round
12 Chant
13 All Is Loneliness
14 Sextet (Oo)
15 Fiesta Piano Solo
16 Moondog Monologue
17 Up Broadway - (bonus track)
18 Perpetual Motion - (bonus track)
19 Gloving It - (bonus track)
20 Improvisation (piano solo)
21 Ray Malone Softshoe - (bonus track)
22 Two Quotations In Dialogue - (bonus track)
23 5/8 In Two Shades - (bonus track)
24 Moondog's Theme - (bonus track)
25 In A Doorway - (bonus track)
26 Duet - (bonus track)
27 Trimbas In Quarters - (bonus track)
28 Wildwood - (bonus track)
29 Trimbas In Eighths - (bonus track)
30 Organ Rounds - (bonus track)

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