JEMEEL MOONDOC

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Jemeel Moondoc was born in Chicago in August 5, 1951. Although his parents were not musicians, Moondoc's great-great grandfather was a minstrel who sold moonshine cure-alls, sang and danced. Moondoc studied piano and clarinet at age ten, played in the Concert Band and studied Architecture at Chicago Vocational High School and later played in rhythm and blues bands. Following High School, Moondoc began studies in Architecture and began gigging around Chicago with various local groups. After hearing the music of Cecil Taylor and the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Moondoc began to focus his creative energies toward the study of music. He became inspired by the freedom of Taylor's music. He then sought opportunities to play the alto saxophone with Taylor's Black Music Ensemble at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and later at Antioch College, where he became a featured soloist. His tenure with Taylor lasted two years endowing Moondoc read more...
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New York LiveNew York Live
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Cadence Jazz Recordings
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The Zookeeper's HouseThe Zookeeper's House
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Relative Pitch
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Revolt of the Negro Lawn JockeysRevolt of the Negro Lawn Jockeys
Eremite Records 2003
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Jus Grew OrchestraJus Grew Orchestra
Imports 2011
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JEMEEL MOONDOC Discography

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JEMEEL MOONDOC Ensemble Muntu : First Feeding album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ensemble Muntu : First Feeding
Avant-Garde Jazz 1977
JEMEEL MOONDOC Jemeel Moondoc Quintet ‎: Nostalgia In Times Square album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jemeel Moondoc Quintet ‎: Nostalgia In Times Square
Avant-Garde Jazz 1986
JEMEEL MOONDOC Tri-P-Let album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tri-P-Let
Avant-Garde Jazz 1996
JEMEEL MOONDOC Jemeel Moondoc With Denis Charles ‎: We Don't album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jemeel Moondoc With Denis Charles ‎: We Don't
Avant-Garde Jazz 2003
JEMEEL MOONDOC The Zookeeper's House album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
The Zookeeper's House
Avant-Garde Jazz 2014
JEMEEL MOONDOC Jemeel  Moondoc / Hilliard Greene : Cosmic Nickelodeon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jemeel Moondoc / Hilliard Greene : Cosmic Nickelodeon
Avant-Garde Jazz 2016

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JEMEEL MOONDOC Jemeel Moondoc & Muntu ‎: The Evening Of The Blue Men album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jemeel Moondoc & Muntu ‎: The Evening Of The Blue Men
Avant-Garde Jazz 1979
JEMEEL MOONDOC New York Live ! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New York Live !
Avant-Garde Jazz 1981
JEMEEL MOONDOC The Intrepid Live in Poland album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Intrepid Live in Poland
Avant-Garde Jazz 1981
JEMEEL MOONDOC The Athens Concert album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Athens Concert
Avant-Garde Jazz 1982
JEMEEL MOONDOC Jemeel Moondoc Trio ‎: Judy's Bounce album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jemeel Moondoc Trio ‎: Judy's Bounce
Avant-Garde Jazz 1982
JEMEEL MOONDOC Konstanze's Delight album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Konstanze's Delight
Avant-Garde Jazz 1983
JEMEEL MOONDOC Live at Fire in the Valley album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at Fire in the Valley
Avant-Garde Jazz 1997
JEMEEL MOONDOC New World Pygmies (with William Parker) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New World Pygmies (with William Parker)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1999
JEMEEL MOONDOC Spirit House album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Spirit House
Avant-Garde Jazz 2000
JEMEEL MOONDOC Revolt of the Negro Lawn Jockeys album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Revolt of the Negro Lawn Jockeys
Avant-Garde Jazz 2000
JEMEEL MOONDOC Live in Paris album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live in Paris
Avant-Garde Jazz 2001
JEMEEL MOONDOC New World Pygmies Vol. 2 (with William Parker & Hamid Drake) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New World Pygmies Vol. 2 (with William Parker & Hamid Drake)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2001
JEMEEL MOONDOC Live at Glenn Miller Café, Vol. 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at Glenn Miller Café, Vol. 1
Avant-Garde Jazz 2002
JEMEEL MOONDOC Jemeel Moondoc Tentet ‎: Jus Grew Orchestra - Live At The Vision Festival album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jemeel Moondoc Tentet ‎: Jus Grew Orchestra - Live At The Vision Festival
Avant-Garde Jazz 2003
JEMEEL MOONDOC Jemeel Moondoc / Connie Crothers ‎: Two album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jemeel Moondoc / Connie Crothers ‎: Two
Avant-Garde Jazz 2012
JEMEEL MOONDOC Jemeel Moondoc, Michael Hafftka : Yellow Back Radio Break Down album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jemeel Moondoc, Michael Hafftka : Yellow Back Radio Break Down
Avant-Garde Jazz 2013
JEMEEL MOONDOC The Astral Revelations album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Astral Revelations
Avant-Garde Jazz 2018

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JEMEEL MOONDOC Muntu Recordings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Muntu Recordings
Avant-Garde Jazz 2009

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JEMEEL MOONDOC The Zookeeper's House

Album · 2014 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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Jemeel Moondoc is an excellent sax player who at early stage was a member of Cecil Taylor band for two years (in early 70s). Later he moved to New York and formed his first band Muntu (with trumpeter Roy Campbell, bassist William Parker, and drummer Charles Downs (known as Rashid Bakr) becoming a part of city's loft scene.

Later he played sporadically with different rhythm sections and released series of strong albums on Eremite Records in 90s.

On "The Zookeeper’s House",Moondoc's first studio album in more than ten years and only fifth studio recording ever released,Jemeel plays with excellent team of musicians: his current rhythm sections of bassist Hilliard Greene and drummer Newman Taylor Baker is improved with trombonist Steve Swell, trumpeter Roy Campbell (it is his final recorded music)and pianist Matthew Shipp.Moondoc who from very early years played bop-based free jazz on his newest work does it even better then before. "The Zookeeper’s House" is that extremely rare case when 70s loft scene artist not only reaches the heights of his music from that period, but even exceeds it.

Not all musicians play here on all songs - Matthew Shipp adds piano on opener and longish "One For Monk And Trane",horns play on "Little Blue Elvira" and almost eleven minutes long Alice Coltrane's "Ptah, The El Daoud". All five album's compositions are free-bop of highest probe, soulful,sometimes bluesy,tuneful,free and well-framed. There are no fillers here and by emotional atmosphere and musical quality this album fits better on list of the best releases coming from adventurous early 70s than from second decade of new century.

Surprisingly, music on this album doesn't sound nostalgic at all. Even well-known Alice Coltrane's tune gets new life, Moondoc originals all are modern and mature offspring of Eric Dolphy's early 60s' free-bop.

One among best albums coming from last decade, there are only a very few such works around.

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