The Southwest has been a powerfully inspirational muse for a variety of artists, with Michael Gettel, Nicholas Gunn and Larry Cansler creating some memorable recordings inspired by the region in the early 90s. On the sweetly eclectic Moab, keyboardist De Azevedo narrows the scope to his adopted home of Utah and creates a melodic and well textured pastiche of reflective images and musical fantasies, often more reminiscent of Dave Grusin's Migration than those other projects. While former Yellowjacket Marc Russo helps on several cuts to ensure a sense of airplay ready sax soul, lesser known guests like guitarist Michael Dowdle bring life to a mix of romantic reflection and bursts of bubbly spirit. De Azevedo is a sensitive player when the mood is right, but a tune like the title track finds him in a funky way, acting upon his scenic surroundings rather than merely reacting to them.
AllMusic Review by Jonathan Widran