eddie moore and the outer circle
Heads up, the new record from Eddie Moore & The Outer Circle - a diverse and soulful album that draws on Eddie's diverse musical interests - is out now! The title is a clear reference to the history of African Amercians, descendants of Kings & Queens. KCUR in Kansas City says it best - 'His inclusive approach may be anathema to hermetic members of the jazz community. But Kings & Queens, released by the Philadelphia-based Ropeadope Records, honors jazz tradition while sounding entirely contemporary because Moore and his bandmates in the Outer Circle emphasize melodic grooves rather than flamboyant soloing.', while NEXTBOP proclaims their love right here. Drop in and support the band right here.
release date: september 2, 2016
About eddie moore and the outer circle
When you speak to Eddie Moore you find an ocean of calm, and when you listen to Eddie Moore & The Outer Circle you find the depth of that ocean. Eddie reaches from the soul with every note, in a deep way, with a tension just below the surface that speaks of great things. His yearning for exploration and curiosity in music contribute to an ebb and flow freedom of expression, that in result gives to new discovery.
The 2016 Charlotte Street Generative Performing Arts Award recipient formally began his musical journey at Texas Southern University where he earned a Bachelors in Arts in Piano Performance. Raised in Houston, Texas Moore is a lifelong musician traversing a number bands and styles before going back to school to get a Masters in Arts from the University of Missouri-Kansas City under the direction of Jazz Master Bobby Watson.
Diversity and inclusiveness have become to define Moore as an artist. His expansive sensibilities have allowed him to perform and record with such distinctive artist such as Bobby Watson, Pam, Watson, Logan Richardson, Maurice Brown, Krystal Warren, Matt Otto, Brandon Draper, Andre Hayward, Tivon Pennicott, IamNobodi, and Dominique Sanders, and 77 Jefferson.
Nominated as Best Soloist, and Jazz Band (Eddie Moore & The Outer Circle) by Pitch Magazine. Moore’s music is a celebration of the integral differences in musical viewpoints. "The Freedom of Expression", Moore's debut album as a leader was given 3.5 stars from Downbeat jazz magazine while reaching national and international acclaim. This album incorporates elements of soul, r&b, and hip-hop into his take on contemporary jazz. "Moore's compositions exude a sophisticated soulful elegance that create a tastefully fulfilling venture into a range of dynamic pieces, with the musicianship to match.” – Downbeat Magazine
2016 marks the release of Moore’s third album with The Outer Circle, "Kings & Queens" under Ropeadope Records. “Kings and Queens” is a 3-part suite inspired by African-American history. The first movement goes back centuries to a time when African-American ancestors were literally kings and queens on their continent. Moore’s forward-thinking sounds are part of the rich continuum of African-American music that continues to be imbued with indigenous African elements. The Outer Circle’s remarkable sensitivity and cohesive interplay reflect an unflinching groove that sticks to your ribs. “Kings & Queens” has been featured in varied publications such as Jazziz Magazine, The Jazz Ambassadors Magazine, The Pitch KC, and NextBop.
Moore music celebrates the human experience while honoring the legacy of the American Idiom through his commitment to artistic inclusiveness, and innovation.