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Distractions on the Way to the King's Party

by Virgil Moorefield

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No Warning 02:45
Funk Trouble 04:07
Untitled 04:46
Seelisberg 04:30
Summer Walk 05:17
Vitus Dance 04:56


Drummer/composer Moorefield leads his 9 piece ensemble (three guitars, trumpet, trombone, alto and tenor saxes, bass and drums) through a set of brilliantly written instrumental art-rock. This is forward-looking, innovative music by an avant big band that rocks and swings. Moorefield has an exceedingly varied resumé, playing with everyone from hardcore bands to symphony orchestras, as well as Glenn Branca and Swans.

"Gives an impish, dissonant spin to a big-band sound...variety, forward drive, and a sharp wit"
-New York Times.

"Brainy yet bloodthirsty...Manhattan's Virgil Moorefield Ensemble sets a horn section against a trio of fine, fiery guitarists"
-Guitar Player.

"One of the year's ten best"
-Exposé .

"...an all too rare blast of fresh air. The label-defying music heard [here] is thick with surprising insights and enthralling musicianship."
- Frank-John Hadley/Downbeat writer.

"Drummer/composer Virgil Moorefield delivered one of his best efforts with Distractions on the Way to The King's Party. Here he leads a tight nine-piece brass/guitar/drums ensemble playing hot avant prog/funk fusion tunes. Contemporary classical techniques are applied to funk rock, complex avant prog motifs are tied to burning brass accompaniment. The music often remains very accessible and easy to tap your foot to, even when reaching high levels of complexity. The energy displayed is contagious and turns Distractions on the Way to The King's Party into a surprisingly danceable avant garde/big band set. Recommended."


released January 1, 1994

Tom Hoyt - trumpet
George Hoyt - trombone
Dave Binney - alto sax #
Donny McCaslin - tenor sax ^
Evans Wohlforth - guitar
Steven Antonelli - guitar
Ellen Watkins - guitar
Hideki Kato - bass *
Virgil Moorefield - drums

# except Richard Cohen on 1, 3, 6; John Gunther on 9.
^ except Rick Kriska on 9.
* except Steve Beskrone on 9.

All compositions and arrangements by Virgil Moorefield.
Engineered by Steve McAllister.
Recording at Laughing Lion Studio, NYC, NY.


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