Moss Freed guitar
Marek Dorcik drums
Ruth Goller bass
Alice Zawadski vocals & violin
A fascinating and hypnotically satisfying album which demands repeated plays – All About Jazz
Fresh as you like, Manchester jazz sextet The Moss Project explore the more contemporary end of progressive jazz rock, with fiery electric guitar and saxophone led improvisation and compositions. The Moss Project play contemporary jazz but not quite like any jazz you might have heard before. The sextet’s debut album Vision, is an intense and emotional musical experience. Vision will appeal to listeners from all backgrounds, from diehard jazz fans through to those who have perhaps never even seen or experienced live jazz before. The music on Vision is testament to bandleader Moss Freed’s inspirational and eclectic range of influences. Within the space of a single tune, it’s as likely to combine heavy grooves and folk melodies, with group improvisation, classical arrangements and complex counterpoint.
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The end result is as much The Bad Plus as Stravinsky, in equal measures Pat Metheny, Massive Attack, Bach or Radiohead, all moulded into the Sextet’s personal and highly singular version of progressive jazz. Alongside the compositions, the beauty of the group lies in the ability of its musicians to blend their individual styles into a single cohesive entity throughout large sections of free playing, whilst still retaining a precious core of approachability. After studying composition and performance at the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, under Jon Damian – the teacher of Bill Frisell, Moss formed the group to provide a platform for new, progressive and exciting music.
Based in Manchester, the sextet features some of the city’s top players, each bringing their own distinctive flavour and backgrounds into the mix. With a line-up of guitar, violin, saxophones, drums, bass and keyboards, the Moss Project proves to be essential listening for anyone into innovative new jazz. The Moss Project have already completed a series of very successful dates in Germany and the UK.
A record of endless fascination and immediate accessibility – Manchester Evening News
This is a truly accomplished musician but his skills as a composer are really exceptional – The Sound of Now