Galactic drummer Stanton Moore will release his first straight-ahead jazz
recording, Conversations, via Royal Potato Family on April 15. New Orleans jazz
veterans pianist David Torkanowksy and bassist James Singleton are part of the combustible
jazz piano trio featured on the new LP.
"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 statement
announcing Conversations. "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."
Stanton proudly displays his New Orleans roots on the album as all but one of the album's
eleven tracks were written by a New Orleans' composer. The only exception found on
Conversations is a cover of Herbie Hancock's "Driftin." Conversations will
be released on LP, CD and digital formats on April 15.
Stream "Lauren Z" from the new album:
Moore and his trio will showcase the music of Conversations at a number of upcoming
shows in The Crescent City. Here's a look at the dates:
March 25 - New Orleans, LA - Snug Harbor
April 8 - New Orleans, LA - Snug Harbor
April 15 - New Orleans, LA - Snug Harbor
April 22 - New Orleans, LA - Snug Harbor
April 28 - New Orleans, LA - Louisiana Music Factory (free in-store performance)
May 1 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival