Jemeel Moondoc

Live at the Vision Festival

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AllMusic Review by Dan Warburton

Recorded live at 2001's Vision Festival in front of a decidedly partisan audience, this album features alto saxophonist Jemeel Moondoc's ten-piece band (here billed as a tentet, whereas the ensemble's earlier outing on Eremite, Spirit House, went under the name of the Jus Grew Orchestra) in a relatively relaxed 45-minute set heavily rooted in the Ellington/bop/blues tradition. In accordance with Ayler Records' oft-stated policy of documenting the event as it was, Moondoc is heard asking the bandmembers if they're ready and counting off the tracks, but some heavy-handed editing between the pieces spoils the effect somewhat. Despite some fine soloing, including a typically joyous flight of fancy from Moondoc himself and several impressive features for tenor saxophonist Zane Massey, it's a relatively no-risk affair, underpinned by a rhythm section (Bern Nix on guitar, John Voigt on bass, and Gerald Cleaver on drums) that seems at times to be just going through the motions.

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