#NewMusicFriday: Downbeat Gives Tony Moreno's Short Stories 4 Stars

#NewMusicFriday: Downbeat Gives Tony Moreno's Short Stories 4 Stars

By Zoila Darton

When Hurricane Sandy hit New York in 2012, NYC Jazz drummer and NYU/Columbia University music Professor Tony Moreno lost all of his instruments, possessions, compositions + items left to him by his late mother Nina Dunkel Moreno, whom was a celebrated harpist. Short Stories, his first release since the storm, is a celebration of recovery and rebirth.

The album has been received with great excitement from the Jazz community. Garnering reviews from some of the Jazz worlds most important publications; Downbeat says, 

"Tony Moreno is New York City’s version of the “greatest drummer you’ve never heard of.” Though he’s has toured and recorded with Jaki Byard, Dave Liebman, Ravi Coltrane, Chris Potter, Sonny Fortune, Mal Waldron, Barry Harris, Paul Bley and others, he has received greater recognition overseas than in New York, where he was born and raised........A quiet man of gentle demeanor, Moreno becomes someone else altogether when he sits behind a drum set. Even on the reflective ballads, Moreno’s mallets stormed, his subtle note placements revealing a profound depth of feeling. Moreno was as entertaining to watch as to hear; his balletic arm movements generated cymbal crashes, drum fills and rhythm-splitting metric movement." Read more here

"Tony Moreno is a remarkable musician and human being. His brand new release Short Stories (Mayimba Jazz) is a testament to the will of the human spirit. As you will hear, the drummer lost his studio, drums, music, memorabilia from his mother the accomplished pianist, harpist and ethnomusicologist Nina Dunkel Moreno in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Through an outpouring of love from fellow musicians and friends, a keyboard was the beginning to the drummer resuming his career in music and the all new compositions throughout the striking double album feature a core band of fellow NYJW faculty members trumpeter Ron Horton, saxophonist Marc Mommaas, pianist Jean- Michel Pilc and Ugonna Okegwo on bass." You can stream an interview with Tony and the New York Jazz Workshop here.

Short Stories is available via iTunes, GooglePlay + in physical form on CD Baby

You may also stream via Spotify below: