Joel Moore Quartet

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February 5, 2009 Tonight's live jazz entertainment was provided by the Joel Moore Quartet, who were making their third appearance in the Cottage. The quartet comprises Joel Moore (tenor saxophone), Paul Scherer (keyboards), Bob Ferraris (bass), and Paul Townsend (drums). The first set commenced with two of Joel's original compositions Fireside and Hindsight, both tunes featuring impressive saxophone work by Joel. Next up came an amazingly uptempo arrangement of the standard Invitation, featuring some nice drum textures from Paul. The tempo slowed for Thelonious Monk's beautiful ballad 'Round Midnight, which featured fine bass playing by Bob. The first segment of the evening closed with another of Joel's original charts Renaissance, which showcased Paul's excellent keyboard style.

The second half of the show started with Pat Metheny's Folk Song, which highlighted the talents of the whole band. Chick Corea's Humpty Dumpty featured a fine saxophone solo by Joel and some quirky keyboard from Paul. November was followed by yet another of Joel's superb self-penned tunes Longing, both compositions bringing out the best of the band. The final musical delicay of the evening was another Pat Metheny composition Song for Bilbao.

-Ian Theile
Brookfield Jazz Society

September 20, 2008 This evening, the live jazz entertainment was provided by the Joel Moore Quartet. Chicago native Joel is a highly talented and versatile tenor saxophonist specializing in both jazz and rhythm & blues. The quartet features Joel Moore (saxophone), Paul Scherer (keyboards), Michael Barton (bass), and Paul Townsend (drums). The show started with Pat Metheny's Folk Song, which was followed by an original composition of Joel's named Fireside, featuring sophisticated bass and drum solos. Cole Porter's standard What is This Thing Called Love? showcased Joel's fine sax playing, as did the classic Body and Soul. Joe Henderson's Recorda Me brought the first half of the evening's entertainment to a close with good work from the two Pauls on keyboard and drums. The second set commenced with Nothing Personal featuring great solos from all the band, as did Miles Davis' boppish Half Nelson. The tempo decreased for a beautiful version of John Coltrane's Naima, again highlighting Joel's superb saxophone playing. Another Pat Metheny composition Song for Bilbao, was followed by the final tune of the evening in the shape of a rousing version of John Coltrane's classic Giant Steps, which showed what a talented saxophonist Joel is.

- Brookfield Jazz Society
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