John Moulder

Earthborn Tales of Soul and Spirit

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MUSIC REVIEW BY Hobart Taylor, KUCI - Irvine, CA

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Guitarist/Composer Moulder is joined here by an exceptional cast, including but not limited to trumpeter Marquis Hill, tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin and pianist Jim Trompeter. Like Coltrane, or more recently Larry Coryell or Christian Finger, Moulder takes Indian and other non western musical traditions as points of departure for his own melodic explorations and does so to stunning effect. The tunes "Journey to the East (Parts 1 and 2)" combine the rhythmic discipline of raga with the improvisational mind flights (McCaslin's extraordinary solos) that reveal the intensely personal and profound connection music can make to spirits and souls. On "Soul in Twilight" Hill's gentle, insistent, and nuanced reading of the melody is captivating. For sheer compositional brilliance "Ruby's Way Part 1" a quietly subtle piece is juxtaposed with "Ruby's Way Part 2" where the electric guitar craftily and definitively gets to speak her piece and the whole ensemble gets to rock out.






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