Saturday, June 1, 2013

Bob Mover My Heart Tells Me Motema 2013

Bob Mover

Motema is known world over for their globally inspired vision when it comes to improvised music either in the more traditional sense or the more globally infused music that is quickly pushing Motema to the top of the heap in the recording industry. June 11th marks the release date for Bob Mover with My Heart Tells Me.

So who is Bob Mover? As a teen, Mover had set in with the likes of Roy Eldridge, James Moody and Zoot Sims. Stints as a sideman with icons such as Chet Baker, Charles Mingus and Jaki Byard catapulted Mover to begin working as a leader starting in the mid 1970's. This very special two disc set is unique in that most instrumentalists in the more traditional sense rarely attempt to tackle vocal work on a consistent basis for reasons obvious and not so obvious. Disc one features Moover's vocals on some soulful standards including, "You've Changed" and "You Must Believe In Spring." While in the spirit of Chet Baker there is no doubt male vocalist of the year isn't in the cards for perhaps the best unknown saxophonist of our time, there is an incredible warmth and special character to the vocal styling of Mover. Effortless phrasing, spot on timing and the same innate feel for melody that seems magically transformed from his saxophone to his vocal work. Mover's vocals create an intimate setting that is only enhanced with his slightly breathy tone on tenor that has that old school Ben Webster sound reinvented for the artistry of Bob Mover.

Disc two is virtually all instrumental and Mover expands his harmonic base by including a second tenor saxophonist in Steve Hall. "Fair Weather," "Survival of the Sickest" and "Sweet Basil" and the addition of Hall not only solidifies the Mover sound but is a delightful introduction to a truly magnificent player. One non Mover tune that steals the spotlight on the second disc is the Mal Waldron tune "Dee's Dilemma" which goes back to Mover's days with Chet Baker. A tune with a counterpoint element that still remains somewhat ignored in modern jazz today. Bob Cranshaw holds down the bass chair and brings the ensemble cast together with his usual rock steady performance and amazing ability to literally hear the changes before they happen. New comer Josh Evans is a trumpet phenom in the making. Kenny Barron on piano would have to be a critics musical easy button. Steve Williams and Victor Lewis hold down the drum chair and play with the right about of finesse to compliment the amazing talent of Bob Mover.

Bob Mover is a sneaky musician. Mover's talent is stealth hitting you on both the cerebral and visceral plains without one realizing it before it is too late. When it comes to making old school new cool again there is simply none finer then the great Bob Mover.

Tracks - Disc One - My Heart Tells Me; So Near And Yet So Far; I Hadn't Anyone Till You; Get Out Of Town; Penthouse Serenade (When We're Alone); Gone With The Wind; You've Changed; By Myself; You Must Believe In Spring. - Disc Two - Dee's Dilemma; Survival Of The Sickest; Muggawump; Fair Weather; Chet's Chum; Sweet Basil; Carmen's Calypso.

Personnel: Bob Mover: alto, tenor & soprano saxophones & vocals; Kenny Barron: piano; Bob Cranshaw: bass; Steve Williams, Victor Lewis: drums; Josh Evans: trumpet; Steve Hall: tenor saxophone.