Amulet is a new One Microphone Recording by Michael Moore on Clarinet and Internationally recognized American bassist Paul Berner on Double Bass. It is their second album at Native DSD Music, following their earlier release This Bird Has Flown – The Music of Lennon and McCartney with Ed Verhoeff and Peter Tiehuis.
On Amulet, Berner and Moore selected a number of their favorite songs plus a few original compositions. They brought them to the studio where they were recorded in Stereo DXD with just One Microphone – a Josephson Engineering C700S using the Horus Analog to Digital Converter from Merging Technologies.
Chemistry between musicians is a magical thing. Michael Moore and Paul Berner have that kind of magic. When they play, the music seems to flow in a natural unhindered stream, each note being an obvious continuation of what was played before. It was a thrill to be in the producer’s seat at this session, witnessing these two masters going about their craft. How they would feed off each other and pass the ball at just the right moment. Observing how they would shape a song into a whole by polishing, simplifying, or embellishing where needed, yet all the time being aware of the freshness and immediacy of creating in the moment.
The album starts out with I Never Knew, written by Gus Kahn and Ted FioRito in 1925, ends with You’ll Never Walk Alone from 1945 and along the way includes Night Ride Home, a late 1980’s Joni Mitchell song, as well as Emptier and Amulet, two recently composed Michael Moore originals. That’s almost 100 years of song writing right there, yet it all sounds as if each song was composed especially for the Amulet album.
Frans explains how the Josephson C700S works to Michael and Paul
“Since Bach’s time it has been clear that two voices are all you need for functional harmony to be heard. This recording is a dialogue between Paul and myself – we collected a number of our favorite songs and a few originals with the only concept being we wanted to play them simply. Actually I have been wanting to do something like this since I heard the great New Orleans clarinetist Louis Cottrell’s Riverside recording ‘Bourbon Street’. That recording is pure joy! There’s several recordings of saxophone/bass duets and trios with drums, such as Sonny Rollins at the Village Vanguard, but clarinet/bass duos in jazz seem to be very rare. I’d especially like to thank Frans de Rond and Peter Bjørnild – they were a joy to work with. The simplicity of just one microphone in front of us and the relaxed atmosphere in the studio, helped create this very close intimate recording, so perfect for this music.”
“I’ve loved Micheal’s unique voice, especially on clarinet, since I first heard him. Happily and quietly, he and I have been working together for years, collaborating on projects of his and mine. This is our magical Corona-era AMULET: our good luck charm to keep us artistically safe and thriving through this difficult period. Heartfelt melodies played simply and honestly.”
Michael: Your blurb is much more loving, of course, but ya gotta spell my name right, okay?
Paul: Oops, sorry about that! Mine is simply a PR blurb. Yours is more informative but less gushy…
M: Yours is a love letter, mine is pretentious.
P: Yours is descriptive, aimed at the jazz listener. Mine is emotive, aimed at the general audience.
M: Perhaps we should include this conversation as well!
P: Like you were reading my mind.
Michael Moore – Clarinet
Paul Berner – Double Bass
Total time: 00:42:27
|Analog to DIgital Converter||
Horus, Merging Technologies
Frans de Rond
Hifiman HE1000se and Sennheiser HD800S
|Original Recording Format|
Peter Bjørnild, Michael Moore and Paul Berner
Frans de Rond
TAD Compact Evolution One
|Release Date||April 16, 2021|
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