John Moulder


Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Origin Records
UPC: 0805558283222
Catnr: ORIGIN 82832
Release date: 05 November 2021
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€ 19.95
Origin Records
Catalogue number
ORIGIN 82832
Release date
05 November 2021

About the album

With Metamorphosis, the soaring Chicago guitarist presents a new set of melodically rich compositions, exquisitely brought to life by the towering talents of pianist Richie Beirach, bassist Steve Rodby and drummer Paul Wertico. Their distinctive musical voices coalesce with Moulder's explorations of personal, cultural and spiritual transformations to create music that is as electrifying as it is beautiful. From the expansive, hard-charging "Game Changer" to the wide-open spaces of the "Metamorphosis Suite," the band covers vast musical territories, offering a celebration of color, atmosphere, and constant surprise. "Mr. Moulder continues to sculpt his long-limbed lines as he makes the black dots leap off the page and come alive, as if voiced in splendour with aria-like colour and dynamics on an album of music to die for..." - Raul da Gama
Mit Metamorphosis präsentiert der Chicagoer Gitarrist eine neue Reihe melodisch reicher Kompositionen, die von den überragenden Talenten des Pianisten Richie Beirach, des Bassisten Steve Rodby und des Schlagzeugers Paul Wertico zum Leben erweckt werden. Ihre unverwechselbaren musikalischen Stimmen verschmelzen mit Mulders Erkundungen persönlicher, kultureller und spiritueller Transformationen zu einer Musik, die ebenso elektrisierend wie schön ist. Von dem umfangreichen, energiegeladenen "Game Changer" bis hin zu den weiten Räumen der "Metamorphosis Suite" deckt die Band ein weites musikalisches Gebiet ab und bietet ein Fest der Farben, der Atmosphäre und der ständigen Überraschungen. "Mr. Moulder fährt fort, seine langgliedrigen Linien zu formen, während er die schwarzen Punkte vom Blatt springen und lebendig werden lässt..." - Raul da Gama


John Moulder is a guitarist and composer whose music has evolved from an assimilation of various musical traditions. His most recent release entitled Decade: Memoirs (Origin 2018) features Gwilym Simcock, Tim Garland, Steve Rodby, Paul Wertico and Ernie Adams and features 7 new compositions penned by Moulder that were inspired by meaningful events and people in Moulder’s life. Earthborn Tales of Soul and Spirit (Origin 2016) features Donny McCaslin, Marquis Hill, Paul Wertico and many other long- time musical companions. Inspired by soulful individuals, it has been described as a contemporary musical narrative. Earthborn Tales was a featured performance for the 2014 Made in Chicago concert series in Millennium Park. John’s compositions and playing are featured on his CDs entitled Awakening (Mo-Tonal Records 1993), Through the Open Door (Igmod/Mo-Tonal Records 1997), Spirit Talk (NAIM 2003), and Trinity (Origin 2006) and Bifrost (Origin 2009) both named one of the ten best jazz CDs of 2006 and 2009 respectively by the Chicago Tribune. On The Eleventh Hour: Live at the Green Mill (Origin 2012), John collaborates with his long time musical companions, Paul Wertico, Larry Gray, Jim Trompeter and Geof Bradfield.

John has been a member of the Paul Wertico Trio for fifteen years. Recordings with Paul include Live in Warsaw (Igmod Records 1998), Don’t Be Scared Anymore (Premonition Records 2000), Stereonucleosis (A440 2004) and The Other Side (NAIM 2006) and is on Impressions of a City (Chicago Sessions 2009) by Paul Wertico’s Mid East and Mid West Alliance.

John is also a member of the Larry Gray Trio and is featured on his recordings on the Chicago Sessions label entitled 1,2,3 and Three Equals One. In addition he has played on recordings by vocalist Jackie Allen such as The Men in My Life (Blue Note 2003), Love is Blue (Blue Note 2004), Tangled (Blue Note 2006), as well as her most recent release with orchestra entitled Starry Night.

Televised feature stories on John and his work have aired on Artbeat (WTTW) and Chicago Tonight (WTTW).He has played nationally and internationally at numerous festivals, clubs and concert halls and has performed with artists such as Eddie Harris, Bob Mintzer, Paul McCandless, Lyle Mays, Paul Wertico, Gary Burton, Niels Orsted Pederson, Arild Anderson, Bendik Hofseth, Kurt Elling and Terry Callier.

John received his Masters degree in music from Northwestern University. As an educator, he is currently a faculty member at Northwestern University, Benedictine University and the College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. He has lectured, taught master classes and conducted clinics at universities, high schools, music institutes and other settings.



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