Bob Moses – When Elephants Dream Of Music (1983)

FrontCover1A fine drummer, Bob Moses has received his strongest recognition as a colorful and adventurous arranger/composer for large ensembles. He played as a teenager with Rahsaan Roland Kirk (1964-1965), formed the early fusion group Free Spirits with Larry Coryell (1966), and toured with Gary Burton’s quartet (1967-1969). Moses collaborated with Dave Liebman in the trio Open Sky, recorded with Gary Burton in the mid-’70s, and worked with Jack DeJohnette’s Compost, Pat Metheny (recording Bright Size Life), Mike Gibbs, Hal Galper, Gil Goldstein, Steve Swallow, the Steve Kuhn/Sheila Jordan group (1979-1982), George Gruntz’s Concert Jazz Band, and Emily Remler (1983-1984). He recorded as a composer for his own Mozown label in 1975, but Moses’ reputation as a writer rests primarily with his Gramavision releases, especially When Elephants Dream of Music (1982), Visit With the Great Spirit (1983), and 1994’s Time Stood Still. Nishoma was issued in fall 2000.

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Although best known as a flexible and tasteful drummer, Bob Moses displayed a great deal of talent as a composer and arranger on this exciting project. He utilized a particularly colorful cast of characters, including altoist David Gross, Jim Pepper on tenor, cornetist Terumasa Hino, trombonist Barry Rogers, flutist Jeremy Steig, vibraphonist David Friedman, guitarist Bill Frisell, keyboardist Lyle Mays, electric bassist Steve Swallow, Howard Johnson on electric contrabass clarinet and tuba, and the voices of Sheila Jordan and Jeanne Lee, among many others. Some of the music is quite lyrical and laid-back, and there are tributes to Miles Davis and Billy Strayhorn, but it is the rambunctious and hilarious “Everybody Knows You When You’re Up and In” (his answer to “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out”) that is most memorable. Highly recommended.(by Scott Yanow)


Joe Bonadio (percussion, vocals)
Aiyb Dieng (percussion)
Michael Formanek (bass)
David Friedman (vibraphone, marimba)
Bill Frisell (guitar)
David Gross (saxophone)
Doc Halliday (saxophone)
Terumasa Hino (corent)
Howard Johnson (bass, clarinet, tuba)
Lyle Mays (synthesizer)
Bob Moses (drums, percussion)
Jim Pepper (saxophone)
Barry Rogers (trombone)
Chris Rogers (trumpet)
Steve Swallow (bass)
Naná Vasconcelos (percussion, vocals)

Marion Cowings (vocals on 04. + 13.)
Sheila Jordan (vocals on 05.)
Jeanne Lee (vocals on 13)
Jahnet Levatin (vocals on 13.)
Paula Potocki (vocals on 13.)
Bob Weiner (drums on 06.)
Bemshi Shearer (vocals on 04. + 13.)
Paul Socolow (bass on 06)
Jeremy Steig (flute on 13.)
Toni Wilson (vocals on 13.)

Alternate frontcover:

01.Trevor 5.01
02. Picolo And Lulu 2.53
03. Everybody Knows When You’re Up And In 4.30
04. Lava Flow 9.22
05. Happy To Be Here Today 2.46
06. For Miles 7.14
07. Embraceable Jew 4,57
08. Bugs Bunny 8.33
09. Black Orchid 6.00
10. Disappearing Blues 2.13
11. Ripped Van Winkle 7.26
12. Blame It On The Egg 1.22
13. The River 4.33

Music composed by Bob Moses



John Schroeder – Latin Vibrations (1971)

FrontCover (Europe)1John Francis Schroeder (19 January 1935 – 31 January 2017) was a British pop and easy listening composer, arranger, songwriter and record producer. In 1961, Schroeder won an Ivor Novello Award for co-writing “Walkin’ Back to Happiness”.

Schroeder worked as an A&R assistant to Norrie Paramor at Columbia Records. He was also a songwriter and, with Mike Hawker, wrote the song “Walkin’ Back to Happiness”, which in a version by Helen Shapiro reached number one in the UK Singles Chart during 1961. Schroeder also co-wrote two other hits for Shapiro, “Don’t Treat Me Like a Child”, a UK number 3 and “You Don’t Know”, which also reached number 1 in August 1961.

Later he moved to independent British label, Oriole as A&R chief, and whilst he was there he brokered an early licensing deal with Motown for British distribution on the label. It subsequently issued such singles as The Contours’ “Do You Love Me” and “Fingertips” by Little Stevie Wonder.

In the mid 1960s, Schroeder moved to Pye and formed the instrumental pop outfit Sounds Orchestral with Johnny Pearson. They had an international hit with their version of “Cast Your Fate to the Wind”, which included reaching No. 5 in the UK chart. With this group as well as under several other names, including his own, he released a large number of easy listening covers of popular songs. While many of these saw little critical acclaim upon release, there was a resurgence in interest in them in the 1990s, when they became popular tracks in London dance clubs, and appeared on soundtracks to films such as the Ocean’s Eleven franchise.

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During his tenure with Pye, Schroeder oversaw their Piccadilly subsidiary label, producing singles by artists such as Keith & Billie on “Swingin’ Tight” and eventually launching the career (after several false starts) of Status Quo, beginning in 1968 with their first hit, “Pictures of Matchstick Men”.

In the early 1970s, John Schroeder started Alaska Records, best known for the label’s work with Cymande. and produced “Hands Across The Sea”, which was one of The Dooleys earliest recordings, written by Ben Findon. The Alaska label was subsequently joined by another founded by Schroeder, Janus Records. In the early 1980s, John Schroeder moved to Canada, living and working there until the early 1990s. He started Centamark International with Gary Bizzo in Vancouver as consultants to the music industry in 1981.

He later lived in Surrey, England. His autobiography, Sex and Violins was published in 2009.[10] Two years later, Schroeder again became an author, writing and publishing a second book titled, Cozy Cats Cottage. This book is unrelated to the music industry and told the story of fictional character Angela Tillsworthy, and how she formed a company employing friendly cats to help the needy. It was published in 2011.

John Schroeder died at his home on 31 January 2017 after a long battle with cancer. He was 82 years old. His funeral took place at Randall’s Park Crematorium on 3 March 2017.(wikipedia)

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And here´sa fine example from the Master of the British Easy Listening music … including Kenny Wheeler on trumpet and flugelhorn)


Eric Allen (percussion)
Leon Calvert (trumpet, flugelhorn)
Tony Carr (percussion)
Brian Daly (guitar)
Henry Dattner (strings)
Brian Dee (piano)
Chris Karan (drums)
Denis Lopez (percussion)
Al Newman (flute, saxophone)
Dave Perkins (bass)
Wally Smith (trombone)
Kenny Wheeler (trumpet, flugelhorn)

Directed by John Schroeder

Original frontcover from UK:

01. Romantica (Rascel) 3.24
02. Scarborough Fair (Traditional) 4.08
03. If You Could Read My Mind (Lightfoot) 3.47
04. Un Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue (Bourtoyre) 3.06
05. With A Little Help From My Friends (Lennon/McCartney) 3.26
06. Carnival (Manha De Carnaval) (Bonfa) 3.09
07. Moanin’ (Timmons) 2.37
08. Paramaribo (King/Schroeder) 2.34
09. Sweet Unity (O’Pearson) 2.58
10. It Don’t Come Easy (Starr) 3.37LabelB1*

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