MP3 Nick Moran Trio - No Time Like Now
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10 MP3 Songs in this album (55:46) !
Related styles: Jazz: Hammond Organ, Blues: Jazzy Blues, Featuring Guitar
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With every well-placed note and every incisive solo on Nick Moranâs new album No Time Like Now, the guitarist brings an urgent creative agenda to the table. It features organist Brad Whiteley and drummer Chris Benham, both rising players on the New York scene. An impressive follow-up to Moranâs 2007 debut, The Messenger, No Time Like Now is a potent trio session that focuses on Moranâs stirring compositions and arrangements, venturesome material that consistently moves beyond organ combo conventions.
Raised on rock and blues, Moran acknowledges and deconstructs his roots with the opening track, transforming Creamâs 1967 hit âStrange Brewâ into a surprisingly effective jazz/funk vehicle. The band further explores the blues with the funky âSay Hi to Paris,â a tribute to the great New York blues singer Frankie Paris, and âThe Physicist Transformed,â which is set in five, based on an extended blues form, and builds to a climactic drum solo.
âMy Beautifulâ displays Moranâs gift for writing long, episodic melodies, and the deliberately paced âIntentionâ was inspired by his studies with bass legend Ron Carter. âI wanted the bass part to have a melodic function,â Moran says. âAnd the drums are all color, so Chris plays the cymbals with that sheen of sound.â
With âSlow Drive,â the mode abruptly switches to badass funk, propelled by surging organ lines and Moranâs diamond clean guitar tone. Inspired by an idea from Jeff Beck, âWishful Thinkingâ is an angular tune that subtly changes meter while Whiteley maintains a propulsive bass ostinato. âI wanted the time signature to change in mid-stream without the listener noticing. It should feel completely natural.â
âNatalyaâ is a heartbreaking funeral march that Moran wrote in honor of the fearless Chechen human rights activist Natalya Estemirova after reading about her assassination in 2009. He composed the albumâs elegiac title track thinking about a phone conversation with a close friend that turned out to be their last communication before his unexpected death. While itâs a tribute, itâs also a meditation on the preciousness of each moment.
The album closes with âRenewal,â another composition that evolves in unexpected directions. With three distinct sections, the piece captures the trio at its most cohesive, from the flowing opening statement through its optimistic conclusion.
EARLY REVIEWS of No Time Like Now:
âThe organ trio field is a dynamic and crowded one, but the Nick Moran Trio rises up near the top with No Time Like Now.â
â Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz
âWhat struck me first about the Nick Moran Trioâs second album No Time Like Now were the instantly likable melodies and the righteous grooves. But listening to it closer reveals other reasons to like this record: the subtle tempo shifts (âWishful Thinkingâ), a soul-jazz take on the blues that retains the soul of the original (Creamâs âStrange Brewâ) and picaresque balladry (âMy Beautifulâ)
â S. Victor Aaron, Something Else Reviews
âThis rocker loves the jazz organ trio sound. Nick Moran is a guitarist with an extraordinary touch and composition sensibilityâ¦ well worth a listen.â
â Roland Stone, Accent on Tampa Bay Magazine
â5 stars. With plenty of chops and a keen ear for an arrangement that pops, Moran is pushing the boundaries of the traditional organ trio by carefully exploring his rock rootsâ¦ An infectious groove guaranteed to make your musical back leg shake and the right amount of soul to touch the heart.â
â Brent Black, @Critical Jazz
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