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Background information
Born August 31, 1946
Genres Free jazz
Improvisational music
Associated acts Digital Primitives Trio

Cooper-Moore (born Gene Y. Ashton, August 31, 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 Cooper-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 Cooper-Moore has built are "a diddley-bow [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 - s/t 5x7" box (50 Miles of Elbow Room, 2004); reissued as The Cedar Box Recordings (50 Miles of Elbow Room / AUM Fidelity, 2008)
  • Cooper-Moore / Tom Abbs / Chad Taylor - Triptych Myth (Hopscotch, 2004)
  • Outtakes 1978 (Hopscotch, 2005)
  • Triptych Myth - The Beautiful (AUM Fidelity, 2005)
  • Cooper-Moore / Assif Tsahar - Tells Untold (Hopscotch, 2005)
  • Assif Tsahar / Cooper-Moore / Hamid Drake - Lost Brother (Hopscotch, 2005)
  • Digital Primitives - s/t (Hopscotch, 2007)
  • Digital Primitives - Hum Crackle & Pop (Hopscotch, 2009)
  • David S. Ware / Cooper-Moore / William Parker / Muhammad Ali - Planetary Unknown (AUM Fidelity, 2011)
  • David S. Ware / Cooper-Moore / William Parker / Muhammad Ali - Planetary Unknown: Live at Jazzfestival Saalfelden 2011 (AUM Fidelity, 2012)
  • Digital Primitives - Lipsomuch / Soul Searchin' (Hopscotch)

With Alan Braufman

  • Valley of Search (India Navigation, 1975)

With Gerald Cleaver's Black Host

  • Life in the Sugar Candle Mines (Northern Spy, 2013)

With Bill Cole / The Untempered Ensemble

  • Live in Greenfield, Massachusetts, November 20, 1999 (Boxholder, 2000)
  • Seasoning the Greens (Boxholder, 2002)
  • Duets and Solos, Volume 1 (Boxholder)

With Susie Ibarra

  • Radiance (Hopscotch, 1999)
  • Flower After Flower (Tzadik, 2000)

With Darius Jones

  • Man'ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing) (AUM Fidelity, 2009)

With William Parker

With Steve Swell

  • Unified Theory of Sound / This Now (Cadence Jazz Records, 2001)

With David S. Ware

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