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Album Review

Drummer/composer Virgil Moorefield delivered one of his best efforts with Distractions on the Way to The King's Party. Here he leads a tight nine-piece brass/guitar/drums ensemble playing hot avant prog/funk fusion tunes. Very rhythmical in nature, Moorefield's music is akin to Forever Einstein, Boom, Chainsaw Jazz, Cartoon, or even The Muffins, with a pinch of Glenn Branca in the guitar work (the drummer and some of his musicians have played in Branca's projects). Contemporary classical techniques are applied to funk rock, complex avant prog motifs are tied to burning brass accompaniment. Highlights include "Noise is the Price We Pay for Signal," the groovy "Funk Trouble," and "Seelisberg," which sounds like Philharmonie augmented by a brass section. The music often remains very accessible and easy to tap your foot to, even when reaching high levels of complexity. The energy displayed is contagious and turns Distractions on the Way to The King's Party into a surprisingly danceable avant garde/big band set. Recommended. ~ François Couture, Rovi

Biography

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Virgil Moorefield was born in North Carolina and raised in Italy, Germany, and Switzerland. He began his career as a composer, settling in New York after receiving his B.A. and M.A. in 1979 from Columbia University. Moorefield's first album, Transformations, was recorded with his band, Equal Temperament, and released in 1983. His second album, Bhopal, appeared in 1986. He led a nine-piece ensemble (three guitars, two saxophones, trumpet, trombone, bass, and drums) on his 1994 Cuneiform CD, Distractions...
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