Paul Moer (p), Jimmy Bond (b), Maurice Miller (d)
Reference: FSCD 1025
Bar code: 8427328610254
01. Bob Keene introduces the trio 1:17
02. things Ain't What They Used To Be (Duke Ellington) 5:29
03. Shop-A-Doddle-Op (Paul Moer) 3:56
04. Stay Even (Paul Moer) 5:19
05. Sunset (Paul Moer) 2:49
06. Tall Polinesian (Paul Moer) 4:17
07. Jazz Por Favor (Emil Richards) 4:15
08. Bottled In Bond (Paul Horn) 4:33
09. Way Up (Paul Moer) 2:50
10. Mean Time (Paul Moer) 4:47
11. All The Things You Are (Kern-Hammerstein) 3:06
12. Wave Dance (Paul Moer) 3:08
13. Cute (Neal Hefti) 3:09
14. Closing announcements by Paul Moer 0:19
Total time: 48:32 min.
Paul Moer (piano), Jimmy Bond (bass), Maurice Miller (drums).
Recorded live at Pour House Club, La Jolla, California, 1961
Liner notes courtesy of Paul Moer
Recordings produced by Bob Keene
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
"This is a live album recorded at the Pour House jazz club in 1961. The musicians, Paul Moer on piano, Jimmy Bond on bass, and Maurice Miller on drums played there regularly on Friday and Saturday nights "for a few months", according to Moer's brief liner notes. I wish I could have been there, even though I was only 9 years old at the time. This album is terrific.
First, as a working trio, the three musicians are in sync with each other almost to the point of telepathy. This album is a wonderful example of how the best musicians always listen to, and play off of, each other. They sometimes swing hard, they sometimes swing gently, but they always, always, swing. The second reason to buy this album is for the tunes, most of which were written by Moer himself. The ballads are lovely and haunting, and one more uptempo tune, "Tall Polynesian", was also recorded by Paul Horn when Moer was working on Horn's band. My favorite, however, is the gentle swinger, "Mean Time", which is beautiful, exquisitely simple, and has as good an example of tension and release as any I've ever heard.
I don't know much about Paul Moer's history, or why he never came to New York. Though he was not a hard bopper, he had major chops and could have held his own in any jazz scene anywhere. I greatly regret that I discovered him so late, as he passed away not long ago. It's my understanding that he was still occasionally gigging around Los Angeles in the late 1990s. I'm so sorry I never heard him live. This recording lets me know I missed someone truly special."
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