Drummer Stanton Moore (Galactic, Garage a Trois, Dragon Smoke) will release “Conversations,” his first straight-ahead jazz album, on April 15. On “Conversations,” Moore played in a trio setting with fellow New Orleans standouts David Torkanowsky (The Meters, Maceo Parker, Dianne Reeves, Dr. John, Boz Scaggs, George Duke, Kirk Whalum, James Moody , Chuck Berry) on piano and bassist James Singleton (Astral Project, James Booker, Professor Longhair, Aaron Neville, Joe Henderson, Milt Jackson, Harry Connick Jr. Lightnin’ Hopkins).
You can listen to “Lauren Z” from the upcoming record below.
“I’ve played a lot of jazz in New Orleans through the years, but it’s not something that the general public has ever seen me do or is even aware of,” Moore said in a press release. “Jazz has been part of my development and a deep love of mine for a long time. Everything I do funk and groove-wise is informed by what I’ve learned playing and studying jazz. I had put myself through what was basically a doctoral program on funk drumming, and I wanted to do the same thing with my jazz playing.”
Fans of the renowned drummer might be surprised to learn that before recording “Conversations,” Moore took lessons from Kenny Washington, took an opportunity to learn from Jeff Hamilton and studied the brush work of Philly Joe Jones.
Moore will begin a residency at Snug Harbor in New Orleans on March 25 and will perform at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on May 1.
Conversations will be released on LP, CD and digital formats by The Royal Potato Family. A full U.S. tour is to be announced.