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Tony Moreno Quintet | Short Stories

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Short Stories

by Tony Moreno Quintet

"...makes Short Stories a winner." - Bob Doersschuk (Downbeat, 4 Stars)
Genre: Jazz: Avant-Garde Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Foxy Trot
9:47 album only
2. Little One
4:59 album only
3. The West's Best
11:21 album only
4. Erroll Garner
9:15 album only
5. 55 Scotch
5:55 album only
6. Susan's Dream
8:00 album only
7. No Blues to You
6:04 album only
8. C Jam Blues
9:04 album only
9. Three for D'reen
9:46 album only
10. Oh Henry
10:49 album only
11. Grovelling
8:47 album only
12. El Rey
7:20 album only
13. M.O.
7:46 album only
14. Pueblo De Lagrimas
11:51 album only
15. El Rey Take #2
7:37 album only


Album Notes
Born in Manhattan, Tony Moreno, was raised by his mother, Nina
Dunkel Moreno, who was considered one of the great American harpists of her day, as well as an
accomplished pianist, musicologist and teacher. His early upbringing proved a perfect backdrop to pursue
a career in music. By the age of three, Moreno began playing the piano. By the age of ten, he received his
first drum set from Elvin Jones.
Jones became Morenoʼs early mentor and teacher. In later years, other teachers included Art Blakey, Al
“Tootie” Heath, James Priess, Freddie Waits and Bob Moses.
When Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast shore in 2012, Moreno lost his entire musical life – his
instruments, possessions, the library of his compositions and treasured, archival possessions bequethed
from his mother.
“After Hurricane Sandy destroyed my studio, I was offered a monthly residency at The 55 Bar for the
Quintet,” says Moreno. “This record is a way of expressing my gratitude for the outstanding support and
love I received within the music community - from colleagues, organizations and fans alike.”
“The band is made up of artistic companions who have performed together over four years,” the drummer
explains. “Since I lost my drum set, I purchased a small keyboard and began composing again. It was, of
course, cathartic. It was time to document the group. We had enough music for two CDs. I had to clean
the slate and move on.”
This record represents the rebuilding process of Tony Morenoʼs shattered life. Re-assembling the pieces
seemed impossible but soon it began taking shape.
On October 8th the Quintet will celebrate the record release of Short Stories at the 55 Bar in New York
City with two sets at 9.30 pm and 11.30 pm. With admission, every guest will receive a double-disc album
for free.
Moreno teaches at New York Universityʼs Jazz Performance Program and Columbia Universityʼs Louis
Armstrong Jazz Studies Program as well as at City College of New York. He has performed and toured
extensively. The drummer lived and worked in Europe for six years, and appeared on over 100 recordings,
as well as television, DVDs and radio broadcasts.
Moreno has recorded with the likes of Jaki Byard, Dave Liebman, Ravi Coltrane, Art Lande, Richie
Beirach, Chris Potter, and has performed with Eddie Gomez, Arthur Blythe, Sonny Fortune, Eddie
Henderson, Mal Waldron, Barry Harris, Richard Bona, Paul Bley and Elvin Jones, to name just a few.
Tony Moreno endorses Paiste Cymbals and plays Sonor Hi Lites, Pro Lites and Q2 drums.



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Jürg Sommer, Switzerland

Swingender Postbop aus New York
Tony Moreno, Schüler des Coltrane-Drummers Elvin Jones, zählt heute zu den Meistern seines Instruments. Dass er auch als Komponist/Bandleader zur absoluten Spitze zählt, belegt seine neue Doppel-CD. Ohne jede Larmoyanz verarbeitet Moreno hier die traumatische Zerstörung seines musikalischen Besitzes von Hurrikan Sandy anno 2012. Sein seit 4 Jahren bestehendes Quintett (mit Ron Horton-tp, Marc Mommas-ts) präsentiert umwerfend gelungenen Post- und Freebop, der an das Miles Davis Quintett der 60er Jahre erinnert, verlängert ins Jahr 2016.