Bob Moses (musician)

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Bob Moses
Birth nameRobert Laurence Moses
Also known asRa-Kalam Bob Moses
Born (1948-01-28) January 28, 1948 (age 70)
New York City, U.S.
GenresJazz, avant-garde jazz
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsDrums
Years active1964–present
LabelsGramavision
Associated actsThe 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 release was in 1968's Love Animal. His second release as a leader was 1973's Bittersuite in the Ozone. his records for Gramavision in the 1980s were critically acclaimed.[citation needed]

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

Moses performs alongside John Lockwood, Don Pate, and John Medeski with 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)
  • Devotion (Soul Note, 1996)
  • 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.