A jazz musician sets the bar high when choosing to play 'Hot House' because in response one of the first things any jazz fan will do will rehearse in their mind's eye [ear, surely, ed?] a classic version of the Tadd Dameron bebop warhorse based on the chord changes of Cole Porter's 'What Is This Thing Called Love.'
Now this is beyond familiar, this is the bebop breath of life in a way. So when you are back in the world of Bird and Diz there is a lot riding on what you can bring to the table if you tackle it today.
Doing so can go the other way and sound dated or in a comfort zone however unselfconsciously arrived at. Simon Moullier is a vibes player who is starting to be better known beyond some early understandable hype (listen to Spirit Song above) and is here on the upcoming album with double bassist Luca Alemanno and drummer Jongkuk Kim (both of whom were in the personnel of the earlier record) in a vibes, bass, drums formation that again makes a strong impression.
The early part of the treatment unpicks the harmonies, later it becomes more conventional. It is certainly fast enough (this kind of bebop has to be fast, the faster the better but crucially squeezing in many chord changes as part of the recipe). Moullier when he later starts listening to the drums and playing chords against what is basically a solo enters more of a holding pattern and you can certainly enter into his world given the individuality of his phrasing and excellent rhythmic sense. A solid version the track is drawn from Countdown, no not a long running Channel 4 game show beloved of students and the pensioner jazz fan community but an album that proudly bears the name of a John Coltrane classic as its title and first track.
To be released by the Catalan jazz indie Fresh Sound New Talent other album tracks are: Monk's 'Work'; Cole Porter's 'I Concentrate on You'; Mingus' homage to Lester Young 'Goodbye Porkpie Hat'; Eden Ahbez's 'Nature Boy' beloved of Nat King Cole and in more recent years covered by Gregory Porter; Bill Evans' 'Turn Out the Stars'; Jerome Kern's 'The Song Is You'; Toninho Horta's beautiful 'Beijo Partido' (interpreted by Milton Nascimento on 1975 album Minas) the most interesting choice of all; and Monk's 'Ask Me Now'. The album was mainly recorded in a top New York Studio Sear Sound a year ago. Mucho Moullier please. Release date is 11 June. Simon Moullier, top