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Moshe Quartet, Ras : Transcendence (KMB Jazz)

New York City wind player Ras Moshe's first studio release in four years with six original compositions performed with Rashid Bakr, Shayna Dulberger and Dave Ross.

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1000 copies pressed March 2007.


Label: KMB Jazz
Catalog ID: KMB007
Squidco Product Code: 9509

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2007
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded at Park West Studios, Brooklyn, in January, 2007, by Jim Clouse.


Ras Moshe-tenor, alto, flute, compositions

Dave Ross-guitar, compositions

Shayna Dulberger-bass, compositions

Rashid Bakr-drums, percussion

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track listing:

1. Transcendence 7:52

2. Far Sight 8:55

3. If You See Something, Say Something 3:20

4. Sun Room 5:16

5. Flute Peace for Charles Lloyd 5:16

6. All Flow 10:27

7. Carol Not Christmas 5:13

8. Interstellar Brooklyn 5:36

9. Turtles All The Way Down 5:48
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Improvised Music
NY Downtown & Jazz/Improv
Quartet Recordings

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"Following a string of successful live recordings on the Utech label, Moshe has entered the venerable Park West Studios (William Parker, Mark Feldman, Ken Hatfield) in Brooklyn to work with renowned engineer Jim Clouse. The product is six new compositions by Moshe, augmented by two from Ross and one from Dulberger. With both feet planted firmly in improvised jazz's past and both ears stretching toward the future, Moshe's unique conceptions are vividly brought to life by this powerful group.

Ras Moshe has been playing in various groups throughout New York City for almost twenty years. He is a veteran of the groups of such leaders as William Hooker, Sabir Mateen, Steve Swell and Marc Edwards. His style has been compared to post-1965 John Coltrane and Frank Wright, among others. Born and raised in New York, and with a family history rich in the jazz tradition, Moshe has uniquely positioned himself to bring the lineage of free jazz into the present day.

Rashid Bakr first rose to prominence in the mid 1970s as a member of Cecil Taylor's groups. From there, he went on to play first with Jemeel Moondoc and then with David Murray, David S. Ware, Jimmy Lyons, Frank Wright and Charles Gayle, to name only a few of the estimable musicians who have recognized Bakr's immense talent. Perhaps it is only fitting then, that he joins Ras Moshe on Transcendence in his quest to become the next of the great reedmen.

Dave Ross is a former Bostonian, where he studied at Berklee. There, he worked with Dennis Warren's FMRJE. In the time since, he has led his own ensembles and played with the groups of Henry Grimes, Roy Campbell, Jr. and Steve Swell, among others.

Shayna Dulberger is a young bass player who studied at the Manhattan School of Music and Rutgers University's Gross School for the Arts jazz program. She currently leads and writes compositions for her KillMeTrio (with Darius Jones and Jason Nazary), whose new CD showcases both her articulate compositions and ferocious playing. She plays frequently with Mike Pride, Chris Welcome and John McLellan as well as Ras' various groups."-KMB Jazz

1000 copies pressed March 2007.

Artist Biographies:

"Ras Moshe has been playing in various groups throughout New York City for almost twenty years, with William Hooker, Sabir Mateen, Steve Swell, Marc Edwards and others. His style has been compared to post-1965 John Coltrane and Frank Wright, among others. Born and raised in New York, and with a family history rich in the jazz tradition, Ras has uniquely positioned himself to bring the lineage of free jazz into the present day."

-Media Sanctuary (

"Dave Ross graduated from Berklee College of Music. In 1993 he won the Boston Music Award for his work with the funk band, "Chuck." He has worked in a myriad of styles including jazz, punk, Worldbeat, gospel, Ju Ju, Hardcore and free improvisation.

Prior to earning his Bachelor's degree in music, Dave graduated from The State University of New York with a degree in mechanical engineering and holds a U.S. Patent for one of his inventions.

The list of artists Dave has performed with is extensive. Among them are: Henry Grimes, Roy Campbell Jr., Sabir Mateen, Charles Downs, Joe Rigby, Albey Balgochian, Dennis Warren, P-Funk Horns, Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers, Lawrence Cook, Jackson Krall, Daniel Carter, Saco Yasuma, Lou Grassi, Federico Ughl, Yuko Fugiyama, Andre Martinez, Walden Wimberly, Jane Grenier B, Matt Lavell,Francois Grillot, Baron Brown, Hillard Green, Mike T A Thompson, Ken Filiano, Steve Swell, Ras Moshe, Shayna Dulberger, Flip Barnes, Fay Victor, Rob Egan, Hillary Nobel and Jon Dirac."

-Westwood Music Studios (

"Shayna Dulberger is a bassist currently living and working in New York City. Her work is mostly known in the creative and experimental jazz genre. Since 2007 she has regularly worked with Bill Cole performing in New York City and at Syracuse University. She has recorded and performed with artists such as: Ras Moshe, William Parker, Chris Welcome, Daniel Carter, Stars Like Fleas, Walter Wright, and many others. She has performed in many festivals and series such as XFest (Lowell, MA), Rhythm in the Kitchen, KMB Jazz Festival, CMJ, "Brooklyn Next" BAM Festival, the Vision Festival, ABC No Rio's C.O.M.A., and Neues Kabarett's events at the Brecht Forum.

Dulberger's first album as a band leader, composer and producer is named "TheKillMeTrio" and was described " one of the stronger avant-jazz groups we've heard in some time." (Time Out New York) In 2007, in a review of TheKillMeTrio album "Jazz and Tzaz" wrote "The 23 year old New Yorker does not comply with the trendy model of women in Jazz". Bruce Lee Gallanter (DMG) wrote in a review for Ras Moshe's album Transcendence, "Acoustic bassist, Shayna Dulberger, is another important new musician to watch, she takes a number amazing solos on this disc that show her to be a new force to be reckoned with." Shayna has been interviewed on Taran's Free Jazz Hour (Angers, France) and was invited by All About Jazz to participate in their "Listen Up!" Section.

Dulberger's most recent album, The Basement Recordings is a solo recording consisting of loops that are rhythmically cryptic. This album is a break from the style she is most well known for. It is repetitious and mellow, not aggressive and chaotic like her work with the downtown NYC free jazz scene. It is a nontraditional solo upright bass recording. Although her main influences are Peter Kowald, William Parker, Kent Kessler, Joelle Leandre and other well known bassists, there is barely a hint of it here. Instead, she is influenced by the rhythmic elasticity and percussion of Southeast Asia, The Thai Elephant Orchestra for their sense of space and rhythm, and Throbbing Gristle for their experimentation with reverb and delay.

On this album, Dulberger's upright bass evokes the sound of other string and percussion instruments."The Garden" sounds like a harp. "Yuko" (dedicated to poet Yuko Otomo) is reminiscent of the Japanese shamisen. You can hear wind float through glass vases on "The Swings". The Basement Recordings contain no jazzy bass solos, no experimenting with licks and virtuosity. The focus is on space and meditation. For the New York City Jazz Record, Gordon Marshall wrote "No more than a patch of wilderness is The Basement Recordings uniformly beautiful and vibrant".

Dulberger was born in 1983 and raised in Mahopac, NY. She attended Manhattan School of Music's preparatory division during high school and graduated with a BM in Jazz at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University."

-Shayna Dulberger Website (

"Rashid Bakr (born Charles Downs, October 3, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American free jazz drummer. During the 1970s he was active in the New York Loft Jazz scene, performing at venues such as Rashied Ali's "Ali's Alley" and Sam Rivers' "Studio Rivbea" as a member of Ensemble Muntu along with Jemeel Moondoc among others. He went on to perform with Cecil Taylor in the early 1980s, appearing on the albums "The Eighth" and"Winged Serpent (Sliding Quadrants)". Bakr is a member of Other Dimensions in Music, along with Roy Campbell, Daniel Carter and William Parker."

-Wikipedia (

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