David Mooney Trio | In This Balance of Time

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In This Balance of Time

by David Mooney Trio

Davy Mooney's first Jazz Guitar Trio recording. The cover art was lost in hurricane Katrina, but the album is available for download. Many of the tunes were updated on Mooney's release "Astoriano", also available at CdBaby.
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Wrinkles
4:28 $0.99
2. The Simple Life
4:43 $0.99
3. In This Balance of Time
1:05 $0.99
4. A Girl for All Seasons
6:20 $0.99
5. Think So Little of Me
6:14 $0.99
6. Moon Song
3:07 $0.99
7. Angela's Song
4:36 $0.99
8. The Memory Hole
7:38 $0.99
9. No More
2:17 $0.99
10. The Hills of Earth
8:37 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
This album was recorded in March of 2002, shortly after Davy Mooney returned to New Orleans from Denton,TX. "Wrinkles" was inspired by the music of Kurt Rosenwinkel, who Mooney met in 2000 at the University of North Texas. "The Simple Life" is about studying jazz while contemplating love and life. "In This Balance of Time" was inspired by a line from the Sting tune "A Thousand Years". "A Girl for All Seasons" was written for Angela de Moura Rodriguez, who is now Angela de Moura Rodriguez Mooney. "Think So Little of Me" was inspired by a line from Cole Porter's "Every Time We Say Goodbye". "Moon Song" was written while contemplating the moon. "Angela's Song" is self-explanatory. "The Memory Hole" was inspired by a device from George Orwell's "1984". "No More" was written after the horrific events of September 11th, 2001. "The Hills of Earth" was inspired by the Pat Metheny album "Bright Size Life." Enjoy.

About the artist:

New York-based Jazz Guitarist Davy Mooney was born and raised in New Orleans, and spent the last two years working in the city of his birth with the Thelonious Monk Institute Septet. Some recent career highlights of his are:
Mooney's duo 7-string guitar CD with the great John Pizzarelli, "Last Train Home," was released on May 13th, 2009 on the Dutch record label Challenge Records; Mooney was featured as a member of the Brian Blade Fellowship at Lincoln Center in April of 2009; In February of 2009 Mooney traveled to India as part of a state department delegation which included Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Dee Bridgewater, George Duke, Terri Lyne Carrington, Zakir Hussein, and James Genus and performed concerts in New Delhi and Mumbai; In May of 2008 Mooney did a two-week tour of Japan in promotion of his LateSet Records CD “Astoriano”; Mooney was featured with the Monk Institute Band at the 2008 Panama Jazz Festival; Mooney won the $5000 third place scholarship in the 2005 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Guitar Competition, performing with Terri Lyne Carrington, Chris Potter, Bob James, and James Genus before judges John Pizzarelli, Bill Frisell, Russell Malone, Pat Martino, Stanley Jordan, and Earl Klugh; Mooney has been featured with trumpet player Nicholas Payton on the international stage, including a performance in Sczcecin, Poland in October of 2006.
Mooney grew up in New Orleans and was educated at the world famous New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts by Clyde Kerr Jr. He studied guitar with New Orleans guitar guru Hank Mackie and seven-string master Steve Masakowski. He attended college at the University of North Texas, where he performed with the One o’ Clock Lab Band with many special guests including Michael Brecker and Randy Brecker. Mooney participated in the inaugural UNO Louis Armstrong Quintet, a group funded by a grant from the Louis Armstrong foundation to teach jazz to high school students in the New Orleans Public Schools. While playing in the group, Mooney had the opportunity to play with a series of great trumpet players, including Nicholas Payton, Randy Brecker, and Jeremy Pelt. The group performed at the 2005 North Sea Jazz Festival. Mooney has independently released two CDs of his original music: his debut, 2002's "In This Balance of Time...", and 2003's "Luckless Pedestrian." Mooney has also appeared with the great swing band the Hot Club of New Orleans at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Ascona Jazz Festival in Switzerland, and Lincoln Center in New York City.

David Mooney is a guitartist, composer, and vocalist born and raised in New Orleans, who lived and worked there until very recently. Like many others he was displaced by Hurricane Katrina and he made his way to Washington, D.C., where he competed in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Guitar Competition, playing with Chris Potter, Terri Lyne Carrington, James Genus, and Bob James, and eventually placing third overall.

David Mooney was born and raised in New Orleans and started playing the guitar at the age of ten. He studied Jazz guitar with Hank Mackie and Steve Masakowski before attending the University of North Texas, where he studied with Fred Hamilton and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Jazz Studies.

While at the University of North Texas, David played in the grammy-award nominated One O'Clock Lab Band, accompanying such brilliant musicians as diverse as Terry Gibbs, Michael and Randy Brecker, Greg Bissonette, Russ Ferrante, the Woody Herman band with Frank Sinatra Jr., and Byron Stripling. He also traveled widely throughout Texas, from San Angelo to Waxahachie, and everywhere in between.

He moved back to New Orleans in the summer of 2001, and has since been teaching at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, playing guitar with the Hot Club of New Orleans--a wonderful swinging combo inspired by Django Reinhardt and his Quintet of the Hot Club of France--and performing his own music with the David Mooney Trio and Quartet. He has appeared on stage locally with, among others, Loren Pickford, Nicholas Payton, Adonis Rose, and Clyde Kerr Jr.--of whose band he is currently a member. He has appeared at the 2002 and 2003 New Orleans Jazz Heritage Festivals with Clyde Kerr Jr.'s sextet as well as with the Hot Club of New Orleans. David Mooney has independently released two CDs of original music: his debut, 2002's "In This Balance of Time...", which features the rock solid Peter Harris on bass, and the spritely swinging Simon Lott on drums, and last year's "Luckless Pedestrian," featuring Harris and Lott as well as bassist Tommy Sciple on 5 of the ten tracks.

Mooney is currently living in Brooklyn, New York, performing and teaching music.



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Jack Poley

Worthy original music, skillful guitarist
All the material is very listenable, but Wrinkles was easily my favorite piece, with a catchy head and some very nice solo work. Quality engineering, too.

Davy Mooney is a very clean guitarist with pick work that brings Pat Martino and/or Pat Metheny to mind; nevertheless Mooney's solo lines are sufficiently unique that he needs no comparison to players perhaps more famous to qualify his good work on this collection