Bob Moses (musician)

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Bob Moses
Birth name Robert Laurence Moses
Also known as Ra-Kalam Bob Moses
Born (1948-01-28) January 28, 1948 (age 70)
New York City, U.S.
Genres Jazz, avant-garde jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums
Years active 1964–present
Labels Gramavision
Associated acts The Free Spirits, Gary Burton, Tisziji Munoz

Bob Moses (born January 28, 1948) is an American jazz drummer.

Biography[edit]

Moses played with Roland Kirk in 1964–65 while he was still a teenager. In 1966 he and Larry Coryell formed The Free Spirits, a jazz fusion ensemble, and from 1967 to 1969 he played in Gary Burton's quartet. He also recorded with Burton in the 1970s, in addition to work with Dave Liebman/Open Sky, Pat Metheny, Mike Gibbs, Hal Galper, Gil Goldstein, Steve Swallow, Steve Kuhn/Sheila Jordan (from 1979 to 1982), George Gruntz, and Emily Remler (from 1983 to 1984). In the early 1970s he was a member of Compost with Harold Vick, Jumma Santos, Jack Gregg (fr) and Jack DeJohnette.

His first session as a leader was in 1968, released as the record Love Animal. His second session as a leader was in 1973 with the release of Bittersuite in the Ozone. his records for Gramavision in the 1980s were critically acclaimed.

He is also the author of the drum method book Drum Wisdom.[1]

Moses currently performs alongside John Lockwood, Don Pate, and John Medeski with noted guitarist Tisziji Muñoz and teaches at New England Conservatory.

Discography[edit]

As leader or co-leader[edit]

  • Love Animal (1968, Amulet, 2003)
  • Bittersuite in the Ozone (Mozown, 1975)
  • Family (1979, Buddah, 1982; re-released as Devotion, Soul Note, 1996)
  • Spirit Renewed with Dave Liebman and Eddie Gómez (1982; Owl, 1991)
  • When Elephants Dream of Music (Gramavision, 1982)
  • Visit with the Great Spirit (Gramavision, 1983)
  • Drumming Birds with Billy Martin (ITM, 1987)
  • The Story of Moses (Gramavision, 1987)
  • Time Stood Still (Gramavision, 1993)
  • Nishoma (Grapeshot, 2000)
  • Meditations on Grace with Michael Lambert (FMR, 2008)
  • Father's Day B'hash (Sunnyside, 2009)
  • Ecstatic Weanderings with Greg Burk (Jazzwerkstatt, 2011)
  • Mobeus with Jerry Leake (Rhombus Publishing, 2011)
  • Universal Folk Song (Ra Kalam Records, 2012)
  • Sacred Exhalations (Ra Kalam Records, 2012)
  • The Illuminated Heart (Ra Kalam Records, 2012)
  • Home in Motion recorded in 1979 (Ra Kalam Records, 2012)
  • Wheels of Colored Light with Dave Liebman, Terumasa Hino and Jeanne Lee Recorded in 1979 (Ra Kalam Records, 2012 - originally released on Open Minds)
  • Devotion 1967 with Jim Pepper, recorded in 1967 (Ra Kalam Records, 2013)
  • The Skies of Copenhagen double CD, recorded in 2012 (Ra Kalam Records, 2013)
  • We Are One with Greg Burk, recorded in 2012 (Ra Kalam Records, 2014)
  • Vintage Visionary Vignettes recorded in the 1970s (Ra Kalam Records, 2015)
  • Music from a Parallel Dimension with Dave Liebman, recorded in 2011 (Ra Kalam Records, 2015)
  • Photon of Children with Yasko and Archie Kubota, recorded in 2014 (Ra Kalam Records, 2015)
  • Mother Sky with Tupac Mantilla (Percuaction, 2016)
  • Song of the Free Will with Tony Falco on drums and Ra Kalam Bob Moses on piano, recorded in 2014 (Ra Kalam Records, 2016)
  • Sun's Golden Rule with Karma Shenpen Ozer (Ed Finney), recorded in 2015 (Ra Kalam Records, 2016)
  • The Gift of Breath with Ryan Nielsen (Ra Kalam Records, 2017)
  • Fatherhood with Greg Burk, recorded in 2015 (Ra Kalam Records, 2017)
  • Spaceships Over Africa with Bukky Leo, recorded in 2012 (Ra Kalam Records, 2017)
  • Opportunity for Unity with Ryan Carniaux (2017)

With Compost

With The Free Spirits

  • The Free Spirits Live At the Scene: February 22nd, 1967 (Sunbeam, 2014)
  • Out of Sight and Sound originally releases on ABC, 1967 (Sunbeam, 2014)

With Open Sky (David Liebman and Frank Tusa)

  • Open Sky (PM, 1973)
  • Spirit in the Sky (PM, 1975)

As sideman[edit]

With Franco Ambrosetti

With Gary Burton

With David Friesen

  • Waterfall Rainbow (Inner City, 1977)

With Hal Galper

  • Speak with a Single Voice (Enja, 1978)
  • Redux 1978 (Concord Jazz, 1991)
  • Children of the Night (1978, Double Time, 1997)

With Mike Gibbs

  • Mike Gibbs Directs the Only Chrome-Waterfall Orchestra (Bronze, 1975)

With the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band

With Darius Jones

With Steve Kuhn

With Brian Landrus

  • Everlasting (2008, CIMP, 2011)

With Pat Metheny

With Tisziji Muñoz

  • Visiting This Planet (Anami, 1980's)
  • Hearing Voices (Anami, 1980's)
  • Love Everlasting (Amulet, 1987)
  • Live! At Page Hall (Anami, 1993)
  • Live Again! At Page Hall with Dave Liebman (Anami, 1994)
  • Live Again! At Page Hall with Nick Brignola (Anami, 1994)
  • Spirit Man (Anami, 1995)
  • Death Is a Friend of Mine (Anami, 1996)
  • Alpha-Nebula: The Prophecies (Anami, 1997)
  • Tisziji Muñoz Live! Great Sacrifice (Maha-Yajna) (Anami, 1999)
  • Love at First Sound (Anami, 2005)
  • Love Always: Spirit of the Ancient Masters (Anami, 2007)
  • Incomprehensibly Gone (Anami, 2013)
  • Beauty as Beauty (Anami, 2013)
  • Beauty as Ugly (Anami, 2013)
  • Ugly as Ugliest (Anami, 2013)
  • Heart to Heart (Anami, 2013)
  • Free Freedom (Anami, 2013)
  • Omega Nebula: The Afterlife (Anami, 2014)
  • Parasamgate Nebula: The Death of Death (Anami, 2014)
  • Mountain Peak (Anami, 2014)
  • Let the Sound Go Forth (Anami, 2014)
  • Healing Waters (Anami, 2014)
  • Taking You Out There! Live (Anami, 2014)
  • Realization of Paradox: Melting the Mind of Logic (Anami, 2014)
  • Heart Trance Revelation (Anami, 2014)
  • The Anniversary Concert DVD (Anami, 2014)
  • Maha Shiva: The Razor's Healing Edge (Anami, 2014)
  • Sacred Function (Anami, 2014)
  • The Paradox of Independence (Anami, 2014)
  • Songs of Soundlessness (Anami, 2015)
  • Genius Awakening (Anami, 2015)
  • Spirit First and Last (Anami, 2015)
  • The Paradox of Perfection (Anami, 2015)
  • The Paradox of Completion (Anami, 2015)
  • Alpha Nebula Expanded: The Monster Peace (Anami, 2015)
  • Heaven Is Freedom (Anami, 2015)
  • Dead Awake (Anami, 2015)
  • Drop Dead (Anami, 2015)
  • When Coltrane Calls! Session 1: Fierce Compassion (Anami, 2016)
  • When Coltrane Calls! Session 3: Living Immortality (Anami, 2016)
  • Atoned Predestination (Anami, 2016)
  • Tathagata Guitar: Whisperings of Peace (Anami, 2016)
  • Burning the Bed (Anami, 2016)
  • Atoms of Supersoul (Anami, 2016)
  • When Coltrane Calls! Session 2: Liberation First! (Anami, 2017)
  • Scream of Ensoundment (Anami, 2017)

With Steve Swallow

References[edit]

  1. ^ Moses, Bob; Mattingly, Rick (1984). Drum Wisdom. Modern Drummer.