An interview with Stanton Moore

New recording from the drummer is Emphasis!(On Parenthesis).

Omaha, Nebraska – One of today's hottest young drummers, Stanton Moore, has just released a new effort entitled Emphasis!(On Parenthesis).

Stanton Moore's latest effort continues the high energy music that was recently heard on his previous effort III, with Moore at the forefront, whose trademark sound has been described by Modern Drummer as "infectious, jazz-meets-Bonham, nouveau second-line." The album includes the scaled back previous session crew of Moore, Robert Walter and Will Bernard. "When it came time to do another record," says Moore, "I had already known for a while that I wanted to build on the momentum of this band - three musicians who were becoming a unit unto themselves - and I wanted to get a little more adventurous with the music itself."

Stanton Moore's adventuresome spirit has been fueled by his birthplace, the birthplace of Jazz itself, New Orleans. The drummer co-founded the New Orleans-based "steam-roller" funk band Galactic in the early 1990s. With the assistance of eight-string guitar virtuoso Charlie Hunter and saxophonist Skerik, Stanton Moore launched his solo career in the late 1990s with All Kooked Out!, an album recorded in New Orleans just after Mardi Gras in 1998. Recordings from that session spawned another project, the debut record of the acclaimed band Garage a Trois, Mysteryfunk (1999).

In addition to working as a bandleader and a sideman, Stanton Moore participates in drum clinics for aspiring drummers. Moore is also working on his second book/DVD project, Groove Alchemy, an instructional package focused on groove drumming. Recently he spearheaded the Tipitina's Music Workshop that works with young and developing New Orleans area musicians.

Music from the Stanton Moore Trio's recording Emphasis!(On Parenthesis) will be presented on the Last Call this summer. An interview with the drummer, from his visit to the Iowa City Jazz Festival in 2007, is available at the link above. Recording Engineer: Mike Hansen. Photo credit: Chris Cooke/KIOS.