Album Remarks & Appraisals:
All About Jazz - Dave Sumner
Whereas many of Chicago's jazz and blues guitar icons seem to channel the dark alleys and the bar sign neon of the city through their instruments, John Moulder's sound is more akin to a synthesis of the lakefront - a beauty and serenity that is just as likely to show a face of fury and cold precision. For some time now, Moulder has quietly been developing his sound into something quite unique. The Eleventh Hour provides the opportunity to hear it in a live setting.
Recorded at the celebrated jazz venue, Chicago's Green Mill, Moulder presents a set of tunes culled from past albums. But while past studio albums like Bifrost (Origin, 2009) and Trinity (Origin, 2006) were laced with atmospheric effects, it's a thrilling experience to hear the blistering heat and cool grace of his guitar undiluted by studio mechanics and effects.
Personnel: John Moulder (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Geof Bradfield (bass clarinet, saxophone); Jim Trompeter (piano); Paul Wertico (drums).
Audio Mixer: Rick Fritz.
Recording information: Green Mill, Chicago, IL (07/30/2011-07/31/2011).
Photographer: John Broughton.