Album Review by EDF
Sometimes you cannot judge a book by its cover. This is true with JOSEPH PATRICK MOORE’S DRUM N BASS SOCIETY VOLUME 1, a collection of original songs and cover versions given a slight jazz, calypso twist. The album starts off with two cover versions; MEN AT WORK’s DOWN UNDER and THE SPECIALS’ GHOST TOWN which is presented here as an instrumental track and proves why the old tunes are the best. The first original track is the groovy, jazz number GROOVE MESSENGER. You have to admire these guys for producing something that very few artists are willing to create.
While JPM is a jack-of-all-trades, his preferred instrument is the bass and this is evident on the intro to JAMBAND EXPRESS and continues the groove throughout the track. THE FIXX’s ONE THING LEADS TO ANOTHER is a flute lead instrumental that moves at a constant, satisfying pace. CHEESEFROG FUNK has a tempo change that moves from funk to an unexpected Eastern European type violin solo. The up-tempo DATZ IT is guaranteed to have your feet shuffling even if you do not want to.
You will be amazed by the quality of the musicianship and the production on these tracks. In fact, it is unusual to find artists like JPM experimenting with well-known tracks and still produce exciting original compositions. With lots for jazz enthusiasts to enjoy, like the experimental CREATURES OF CONSCIENCE, I am sure this is not the last we have heard from Joseph Patrick Moore.