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Album Review

Adam Dorn, aka Mocean Worker, has looked around at the current socio-economic situation and decided that what the world needs is a little bit of feel-good dance music. So he gathered some friends (including Bill Frisell, Hal Willner, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Charlie Hunter, and Lyrics Born) and put together a jazzy, funky, sometimes downright humorous program that blends up-to-the-minute breakbeats, pre-swing jazz, '70s rare groove, Latin hip-hop, hard bop, and house to create something that sounds simultaneously familiar and fresh. The cover illustration shows a chocolate bar dressed in a Roaring Twenties-style top hat and tuxedo, insouciantly smoking a cigarette, and that gives you a good idea of what kind of sound and mood to expect. Jazz-leaning electronica artists often make the mistake of eviscerating the beat in favor of a faux sophistication, but Dorn manages to convey all the sonic complexity of five decades of jazz without sacrificing slamming grooves: notice in particular the ancient-sounding jazz combo combined with hard funk beats on "Hoot and Hollah," and the way Kirk, Frisell, and Hunter all integrate themselves beautifully with the orchestral backdrop and the ethereal female vocals on "Sho Nuff Now." Lyrics Born sounds like he's having the time of his life over the stripped-down boogie of "My Own Little World," and "Do Like Ya Like" blends fragmented layers of soul horns with skittering brushed drums to very fine effect. This album won't change the way you think about macroeconomics, but if you want to forget your pension-fund losses and swing the night away in your living room, this is the perfect vehicle for it.

Customer Reviews

My my my……it was a long wait but really worth it!

Hey Y'all!

I made this album. It's me…... MOWO!. I really want you to enjoy this new album. If you could let local stations that play my music hear that you dig it , I'd really appreciate that. This is a two person operation. Serious D.I.Y. here. To date this has been the most difficult album for me to make. This album is a tribute to my old man Joel Dorn. His passing really threw me for a major loop and delayed the writing of this album for 2+ years. I apologize for that! Thanks for being patient and thanks for checking out the album. I hope it was worth the wait! ……….HOOT AND HOLLAH! y'all! :) - MOWO! ( and yes, I gave it 5 stars! hahaha…..I have an ego too….I'm not just a goofball jazzy doofus! )

Tight production

This album is a fun record that neatly follows the previous 2 releases. Adam, thanks for keeping electronic jazz music alive on this continent. After all, WE gave them dat music

Mowo - at his best...

What a great album this is. It's been a few years since his last offering...but with this feels like he was never ever gone. Thanks goodness he's back is all I can say. Killer grooves, great hooks, beautiful playing and appearances from some bona fide legends like Charlie Hunter and Bill Frisell. What more can you possibly ask for?!!! If you already know Mowo's work, then you'll LOVE this. If you don't know Mowo's work, then shame on this, and you will LOVE it too.


Genre: Electronic

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

The ranks of jazzy drum'n'bass swelled considerably with the debut of Mocean Worker, the recording alias of eclectic producer Adam Dorn. Dorn's father, Joel, was one of the stalwart producers at Atlantic Records during the 1960s and '70s, helming sessions by Coltrane and Mingus as well as pop records like Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly," Bette Midler's debut album, and the Allman Brothers' Idlewild South. Adam, a bass player and vocalist, studied at Berklee College of Music and worked extensively...
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