Stanton Moore 

III

Forget snobbery; the current jazz generation embraces rock, funk, and hip-hop as much as the classics. Among this reborn-hep posse is New Orleans drummer Stanton Moore, whose résumé includes work with R&B legend Irma Thomas and punk-metal-ers Corrosion of Conformity. His cleverly titled III finds him fronting a trio with Bay Area guitar ace Will Bernard (TJ Kirk) and Greyboy Allstars organist Robert Walter, plus guests Mark Mullins (trombone) and Les Claypool associate Skerik (tenor sax). III parties hard, with Moore laying down churning, infectious grooves equal parts massive John Bonham (they even cover Zep's "When the Levee Breaks") and dexterous Art Blakey. Walter's thick 'n' hearty Hammond B3 dances around Bernard's terse, blistering blues-edged approach. Imagine a more improvisational version of the Meters, or James Brown's band getting loose after the Godfather of Soul takes the night off, and you've got the notion of III. Word.

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