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At Last

by Ike Moriz

Ike Moriz takes the Blues to South Africa & brings it back to the world with a fresh new face!
Genre: Blues: Blues-Rock
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1. The Devil Is Real in Your Mind
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2. To Cape Town
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3. Smooth and Nice
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4. At Last
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5. Forevermore
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6. Señorita Blues
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7. This Could Be Love
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8. It Ain't Necessarily So
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9. Think I'm a Millionaire
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10. Until Their Lights Are Out (Alien Blues)
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11. Hound Dog
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12. Disillusion Blues
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13. Georgia On My Mind
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14. These Eyes Are Not Yours
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15. You Are My Sunshine
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
AT LAST - NEW ALBUM 2014
Mosquito Records London proudly presents Ike Moriz’s 14th studio album entitled
“AT LAST” (original Blues/Rock/Swing/Easy Listening).

Ike Moriz takes the Blues to South Africa & brings it back to the world with a fresh new face! Since releasing his latest album in 2012, South Africa's international singing sensation Ike Moriz has written exciting new material in the blues rock genre for his 14th studio album to date - the title: 'AT LAST'. Moriz has taken the blues 'To Cape Town' - his home of choice (and the title of the 1st single off the album: https://itunes.apple.com/za/album/to-cape-town-single/id849212206) at the southernmost tip of Africa where he rounded up some of the best musical talent the country has to offer to create his version of classic blues (e.g. guitarist Willem Moller of 'Rodrigez' fame). Inspired by his recent marriage, the birth of his daughter and his tour through Southern Europe & Northern Africa, he has crafted an array of songs reflecting these experiences of the past 2 years.
The album opens with a song that already sounds like it could be a classic blues standard: 'The Devil Is Real In Your Mind'. Minimalist, clear & strong lyrics with a highly dynamic arrangement to get Ike's message across. The song is followed by the aforementioned 'To Cape Town', an upbeat blues folk/rock song about arriving in Ike's hometown - one of the most beautiful cities in the world. If you are looking for Ike's typical tongue-in-cheek stories, then look out for 'Think I'm A Millionaire', 'Disillusion Blues' and 'Until Their Lights Are Out (Alien Blues)'.

Besides his original songs we can also find a couple of covers in fresh new arrangements like Horace Silver's classic jazzy 'Señor Blues' with slightly altered lyrics to fit Ike's message, as well as Gershwin's Porgy & Bess rebel 'It Ain't Necessarily So'. Moriz also breathes new life into the 1952 Elvis hit 'Hound Dog' and Hoagy Carmichael's standard 'Georgia On My Mind' with the incredibly gifted navy big band leader Willie van Zyl on saxophone & clarinet. The CD ends on a high note with a song that most parents have sung to their children: 'You Are My Sunshine' by Oliver Hood.

The general theme of the album can be summarised with the words 'At Last'. Have a listen to find out why!

Track list:
• 1 The Devil Is Real In Your Mind
• 2 To Cape Town
• 3 Smooth And Nice
• 4 At Last*
• 5 Forevermore
• 6 Senorita Blues*
• 7 This Could Be Love
• 8 It Ain't Necessarily So*
• 9 Think I'm A Millionaire
• 10 Until Their Lights Are Out (Alien Blues)
• 11 Hound Dog*
• 12 Disillusion Blues
• 13 Georgia On My Mind*
• 14 These Eyes Are Not Yours
• 15 You Are My Sunshine*

©(p)2014 Eike Moriz. Mosquito Records London;
All songs written & produced by Ike (Eike) Moriz, except *track 4 by Mack Gordon & Harry Warren (Warner Brothers Music Corp), *track 6 by Horace Silver & lyrical changes by Ike Moriz (Ecaroh Music Inc), *track 8 George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin (Warner Brothers Music Corp), *track 11 by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller (Peacock Records), *track 13 by Hoagy Carmichael & Stuart Gorell (Universal Music) and *track 15 by Oliver Hood.

All design work: www.lape-art.de (Lars Pestrup) 10/2013

All design work: www.lape-art.de (Lars Pestrup) 10/2013
Cover photograph: A Photographic Affair, Cape Town ©(p)Eike Moriz 2013

Musicians:
Ike Moriz: Vocals, backing vocals, additonal piano & keyboards, production, arrangements, additional bass & acoustic guitar
Willem Moller: Lead guitar
Willie van Zyl: Saxophones, clarinet
Gregory John Schoeman: Additional guitar, acoustic guitar (2, 7 &14)
Simon Orange: Piano, hammond
A. McPike: Keyboards on songs marked with *
Tonia Moller: Additional backing vocals (1, 3 & 7)
Roger Bashew: Bass
Paul Tizzard: Drums

Distribution: Jassics in SA
Publishing: Ike Moriz (Mosquito Records London)
Sub – Publishing: Sheer Publishing in SA

For further information and/or interviews with Ike Moriz, please contact
Madri le Roux at Mosquito Records London / mobile: 0824143180, madri@mosquitorecords.co.za

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Rob F.

"utterly fascinating"!!
Ike Moriz is one tricky artist to pin down. He originally made records in London back in the early noughties as part of a new wave of pop that sprung up in the wake of Britpop, though he always seemed to take the majority of his musical leads from the pop classicism of the preceding decades.

Since then he’s relocated to his home-country of South Africa, where he’s made a name for himself as an interpreter of the Great American Songbook - and has followed a stylistic bent with roots in the big bands of the ‘40s and ‘50s, and vocalists like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. By my reckoning “At Last” is his 14th long player, and his first since 2012’s “Siren Terpsichore”. Now Moriz has taken a new musical direction, and has discovered a whole new set of roots to explore.

“At Last” is a sincere (and utterly fascinating) take on a blues style that borrows from both the British boom of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, and the jazzier sounds that he’s recently surrounded himself with. Familiar titles litter the tracklist; “Georgia On My Mind” is super smooth and elegantly soulful, while “Hound Dog” owes something to Elvis, insofar it rocks, but it swings, too, and Moriz nails both the arrangement and performance.

Opening cut “The Devil Is Real in Your Mind” features some terrific guitar work, and includes enough bad blues vibe to steer us sensible folk away from the crossroads after dark, while the title track relies heavily on piano, and feels dense and heavy like a Southern heat wave. The album concludes with “You Are My Sunshine”, its upbeat message enhanced by fluttery horns and Moriz’s playful tones.

It’s good to have him back, whatever style he’s playing, and I’m already looking forward to the next instalment.
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