Has anyone seen Alphonse Mouzon play live?
Electrode Los Angeles 3,019 Posts
edited May 2009 in Strut Central
This Sunday, I'm going to an in-house show, courtesy of this lady who hosts these "jazz salons" at her place, to see Charles Owens. Alphonse Mouzon is backing him on drums. Since he has become one of the Strut's earliest inside jokes and chances are I'll get to meet him, I was wondering what your opinions of him are. Should I rock the Filas, let him know about all of his braeks I plan to steal unto my sampler and ask him to sign a Leo Sayer record?
Yes, Yes, and Yes.
My friends father toured Europe with him back in the 70s and had stories for days about that cat. Seems his ego was about as big as his beaded tassels.
AKA THE FUNKY SNAKEFOOT
To me, he's always been in the Billy Cobham bag of loud-ass pyrotechnics. Not mad at that, sometimes that's what you want, but it's not exactly subtle.
I prefer Mouzon when he's just a sideman under supervision. Like on Eugene McDaniels' "Headless Heroes". His solo stuff (except maybe the first LP) tends to get out of hand. Too much flash.
I was listening to "The Lovers" from the Les McCann "Invitation To Openess" LP on headphones the other day and the difference between the playing styles of Mouzon and Purdie (playing in the left and right channels) was striking. Mouzon constantly banging away on every part of his kit with copious amounts of cymbal work and Purdie just keeping the rocksteady groove throughout. But it does work well together.
His "wildman" style also seems to fit on those mid 70s McCoy Tyner LPs.
From the Blackbyrds!
yeah, he tours around town doing the contemporary smooth jazz thing usually. I convinced him to play some of "Rock Creek Park" on the lady's piano during the intermission. He did a slinky jazzy version of the opening synth line and chorus. He was busy talking to his wife for the most part. If I remembered that he was playing before leaving the house to do errands in the morning before going straight there, I would have brought the Cornbread, Earl & Me soundtrack or something. Oh well, next time.