Mark Moultrup, Dar Cho
Review By: Jeff Becker
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Personnel: Moltrup (piano), Rodney Whitaker (bass), George Fludas (drums), and John Wojciechowski (sax), Kurt Sweitz (arco bass #8), Michael Levin (flute #5), Ernie Adams (percussion #5)
Dar Cho is a collection of 10 original compositions and three well chosen standards that create and well blended offering of new and classic sounds. The core ensemble consists of Moltrup (piano), Rodney Whitaker (bass), George Fludas (drums), and John Wojciechowski (sax) with “Good Will in the Wind” augmented by percussionist Ernie Adams and flautist Michael Levin. Also there is a nice addition of Arco bass by Kurt Sweitz on “Of a Dream.”
The first cut “When Then Was Now” is a bristling cut that is developed on a classical intro then evolves into a hard hitting palette of modern harmony and complex rhythms.
Whitaker and Moultrup’s interaction during the solo is telepathic. Whitaker intuitively follows Moultrups adventurous harmonic travels, building the solo to a surprising tutti interlude. The pulse segues to swing for Wojciechowski’s sax solo; he develops a 4 note motif that continues to build over the swing rhythms, leading to a new interlude theme that introduces bassist Whitaker’s solo. Whitaker exhibits a warm tone, nice upper register playing and inventive harmonic ideas. This is a perfect example of Moultrup’s compositional style, he employ’s interludes, textural changes, and complex improvisational colors.
Dar Cho is sprinkled with odd time signatures, complex harmonic structures, extended compositions and endless examples of Moultrup’s commanding dexterity on piano. His multi-disciplined abilities add depth and interest to Dar Cho as a complete work. Examples are continuously portrayed by the multi-genres contained within Dar Cho and Moultrup’s uncanny aptitude to deliver styles of jazz with authenticity and innovation; this key element catapults Moultrup and Dar Cho to its higher principle.