3 Reasons We're Listening To Eddie Moore And The Outer Circle This Week | KCUR

3 Reasons We're Listening To Eddie Moore And The Outer Circle This Week

Sep 28, 2016

Originally from Houston, Eddie Moore, 30, moved to Kansas City in 2010. On Saturday, he and his band the Outer Circle perform at a release party for their new album Kings & Queens.

3 reasons we're listening to Eddie Moore and the Outer Circle this week:

1. Not only is Moore one of the only keyboardists in town who can play both gospel-infused and conventional post-bop forms of jazz, Moore he can occasionally be heard playing with rock, reggae and hip-hop ensembles.

2. Moore successfully combines R&B and hip-hop into his artful form of improvisational jazz. “Time’s a Wastin’” is a cover of an Erykah Badu song from the neo-soul artist’s 2000 album Mama’s Gun, while the rapper Kemet “The Phantom” Coleman will join Moore and the Outer Circle at Saturday’s show.

3. Kings & Queens is the most significant album released by a Kansas City based jazz musician in 2016. Although it's an instrumental project, the album reflects Moore’s political and social orientation. In my review for KCUR, I wrote that “Moore and his bandmates don’t need lyrics or hashtags to convey a powerful message.” 

Eddie Moore and the Outer Circle perform on Saturday, October 1 at the Tank Room, 1813 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri, 64108, 816-214-6403.

Bill Brownlee’s writing appears weekly in The Kansas City Star and Ink magazine. He blogs about Kansas City’s jazz scene at Plastic Sax.