Glen Moore

In Concert

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Few jazz groups have included more than one bassist, so the prospect of hearing two bassists together in concert, without the support of any additional musicians, is immediately fascinating, although the program consists of more than just bass duets. David Friesen opens his turbulent "Children of the Kingdom" unaccompanied, with Moore joining him later with swirling, unpredictable piano lines. Friesen takes the first solo in their charming bass duet of Bill Evans' "Waltz for Debby," during which both men concentrate their solos in the upper register of their instruments. "Suite for Bass, Cello and Violin" is a brilliant improvised exchange, with Moore beginning on violin (later switching to bass) and Friesen on cello. Friesen plays piano in his tender ballad "Love Song," which showcases Moore's arco bass initially, before he switches to playing pizzicato. Moore's humor comes to the forefront in his delightful bass solo "Flagolet." Their jointly composed "Bass Duet" wraps the concert, sadly marking their only meeting on record. Long out of print, this Vanguard LP will be difficult to acquire.

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