Cooper-Moore/Assif Tsahar / America
Album: America   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Cooper-Moore/Assif Tsahar   Added:Jan 2004
Label:Hopscotch Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2004-04-26 Pull Date: 2004-06-28 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Jun 27 Jun 20 Jun 13 May 30 May 23 May 16 May 9 May 2
Airplays: 1 1 2 1 2 3 3 2

Recent Airplay
1. Oct 10, 2008: Memory Select
4. Nov 14, 2004: Oh Messy Life
2. May 02, 2008: Memory Select
5. Jun 25, 2004: Memory Select
Lament for Trees
3. Jan 25, 2005: Umami Jazz Program
Back Porch Chill
6. Jun 18, 2004: Memory Select

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2004-04-25
Hey, a jazz protest song! Part of a package where various American musics seem to be the theme. There's also some traditional Blues and some free jazz, an interesting mix overall.

These are duets with Tsahar on sax and Cooper-Moore on piano, banjo, voice, and the homemade "diddly-bo" (a predecessor to the guitar -- see

As opposed to the ecstatic free jazz Tsahar normally plays, several tracks follow melodic themes and (gasp) normal structure, and they're quite good: 1, 2, 5, 8, 9. Don't miss 1 and 2 especially.

A change of pace for Tsahar with really nice results -- check it out, especially if you're not into the "avant-garde" thang.

1- Protest song! (with lyrics) Chugging rock beat. Squealing sax in the distance.
2- Back-porch blues, soft and relaxed. A content summer evening feel
3- Soft flute and warbling, ambient sax
4- Free jazz: Bright sax and drums
5- Sad piano. Feels like a '40s movie
6- Rapid squeaking sounds over calm guitar picking
7- Mellow tribal jam: drums and calmly wandering sax
8- Sad sax; a reprise of (5), with a bass-like instrument replacing piano
9- Twangy deep-south blues, slowly chaotic. Off-kilter sax later on.
10- Sudden piano-sax attack. Gets quiet in the middle.

Track Listing
1. America   6. The Tortoise and the Buzzard
2. Back Porch Chill   7. No Cracklin no Bread
3. Tuscarora's Cry   8. Lament for Trees
4. 12TH Avenue Messengers   9. Beyond the Years
5. Lament for Trees   10. Wounded Knee