Album Review

Moshe, Ras – “Transcendence ” – [Kordova Milk Bar Records]

Max Level   3/31/2007   CD, Jazz

Ras Moshe (reeds, flute) and company represent the Brooklyn style of jazz (lots of sun and peace! he says) on this fine 2007 studio effort. He has his own style on tenor sax, tending to play with a relatively smooth, non-raspy tone, but he can definitely take it outside when the situation calls for it. Veteran drummer Rashid Bakr has played with many of jazz’s big names, and this group benefits greatly from his first-rate touch and timing. Bassist Shayna Dulberger is new to me, and, as young as she is, she handles her tasks admirably. Sometimes, though, I wish she was a bit higher in the mix; when all four members are playing together, it can be hard to hear her. Guitarist Dave Ross provides a wide variety of jazz and not-exactly-jazz sounds that are right at home in this outfit; he does a nice job with mellow jazz chords and gently chiming harmonics, and he also unleashes rippling Sharrock-like bursts that really light a fire under the band.
Standout tracks:
#1 is a sweet and swinging tune featuring Moshe’s tenor, with some wild guitar/bass/drums soloing in the middle.
#5 is a Charles Lloyd-like flute/percussion peace piece.
#8 is a blazing tenor sax/drums duet that threatens to tear the damned roof off.

you heard it 34 times on kfjc! most recently:
Dave Ross says

Hey Max,

Dave Ross from Ras Moshe's band. Just wanted to say thanks for the great review. Perhaps we'll get the pleasure of seeing you at one of the shows.

Dave Ross


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