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Background information
Born c. 1946
Genres Free jazz
Improvisational music
Associated acts Digital Primitives Trio

Cooper-Moore (born 1946, Virginia) is an American jazz pianist, composer and instrument builder/designer based in New York City. He began performing church music in the Piedmont region of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. In 1970, he formed a collective trio, Apogee, with saxophonist David S. Ware and drummer Marc Edwards. He has toured extensively in Europe [1] as well as the United States. His current group, with Tom Abbs and Chad Taylor, is called Triptych Myth. Another group Moore heads is the Digital Primitives trio, along with Chad Taylor and Assif Tsahar.[2] He has also performed with Daniel Carter. Among the many instruments Moore has built are "a deedly-bo [sic], a three-string fretless banjo and a mouth bow."[2]

According to Cooper-Moore:

I have taken stuff out a dumpster to make an instrument which I have used at gigs. If you put me somewhere, and I had to play and didn't have an instrument, I'd get everything I needed and make an instrument within a few hours.[2]


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  2. ^ a b c Davis, Barry (2007-08-29). "Moore music man". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 2008-04-19. 


  • Solo: Deep In The Neighborhood Of History And Influence (Hopscotch 2001)'
  • Cooper-Moore, Assif Tsahar - America (Hopscotch 2003)'
  • Cooper-Moore / Tom Abbs / Chad Taylor - Triptych Myth - Triptych Myth (Hopscotch 2004)'
  • Outtakes 1978(Hopscotch 2005)'
  • Cooper-Moore / Assif Tsahar - Tells Untold(Hopscotch 2005)'
  • Assif Tsahar / Cooper-Moore / Hamid Drake - Lost Brother(Hopscotch 2005)'
  • David S. Ware / Cooper-Moore / William Parker / Muhammad Ali - Planetary Unknown(AUM 2011) '
  • David S. Ware / Cooper-Moore / William Parker / Muhammad Ali - Planetary Unknown: Live at Jazzfestival Saalfelden 2011(AUM 2012)'

With William Parker

With David S. Ware

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