Rob Thorsen | Moon Ray

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Moon Ray

by Rob Thorsen

Jazz with a funky underbeat
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Moon Ray
6:55 $0.99
2. Eiderdown
5:58 $0.99
3. Mud Puppies
5:44 $0.99
4. Chelsea Bridge
6:56 $0.99
5. Bye Ya
7:16 $0.99
6. Bohemia After Dark
5:08 $0.99
7. Stardust
8:40 $0.99
8. In Xinjiang Time
3:49 $0.99
9. Baubles, Bangles, and Beads
6:13 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Rob Thorsen CD "Moon Ray" really hits home with a eclectic collection of funky groove jazz, some great odd meter latin and straight ahead bebop. There is even a chinese folk song arranged for bass and drums! Compositions include Monks "Bye Ya", Thorsen's original "Mud Puppies", Artie Shaw's "Moon Ray" done as a latin-(check it out!), a solo bass version of "Stardust", "Bohemia afetr Dark" and many more.
The band features Thorsen on the upright bass, Portland pianist Randy Porter (plays with Charles McPherson, Diane Schuur, David Friesen), drummer Duncan Moore and rising star Gilbert Castellanos on trumpet. The playing is great and the whole CD has an excellent cohesiveness that shows the time these musicians have spent playing and performing together. The group has a very organic sound and you can really feel the warmth of the instruments on this recording.
Give it a listen, you will come away smiling and boppin' your head- or else you must be dead- Check it out!



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James Lee

Rob and associates slam another one out of the park!!
There are *many* magical moments on this multi-textured release --- from wonderful treatments of jazz classics, to the captivatingly unexpected (Betty Wong's "In Xinjiang Time") to the joyrides exemplified by the smart arrangement of the into. to Bohemia After Dark - as well as a most enjoyable original by the leader of this date. All of the players on this session are top-notch, and the music they make together on Moon Ray is (predictably) a delight.

Alvin Rocha

Every track enjoyable
Every track enjoyable

Jing Jing

This is an awesome CD.
This CD is mellow enough for me to teach a Taiji class to, yet fun and powerful enough for us all to be up and energized. I love this CD, and I think all my Taiji students do, too!

Mark Keller

A rhythmic and melodic journey of the soul!
A rhythmic and melodic journey of the soul! This outstandingly well produced recording features creative arrangements and the highest level of lyrical improvisation.