Transcendental Groove Bop
If you took the compositional sophistication of Wayne Shorter and blended it up with the hard grooves of Bitches Brew and Red Clay, then sprinkled in some dust from the shoes of Ariel Pink, you might get something resembling Mike Moynihan's Purple Spectre. Like a chemist mixing volatile compounds, Purple Spectre blends up elements of funk, rock, soul, and hard bop into a potent serum of musical nirvana.
The ultimate impact of Purple Spectre is a funky tapestry that is rooted in tradition, yet innovative and fun. Wry musical wit is integral to Moynihan's quirky compositions and to the searing improvisations that all the members provide. Purple Spectre is jazz as jazz was meant to be: steeped in awe of past masters, yet peering fearlessly into the future with steely resolve.
Photos, film, and editing by Julius Schlosburg