Dan on the Moon has many of the qualities that one would expect from a musician with such a pedigree. Funk is the flavor that ties everything together but soul jazz, fusion, and the blues show up as do rock and acid jazz. The music is fun and easy dance to while containing a bit of experimentation. The best track is probably is "Mias’s Tears," a solo piano ballad recording from the leader. Fans of Medeski Martin & Wood will probably find a lot to like here.
The rap on jam bands is often that they don’t create much new music and are mired in the cliches of the past. Dan on the Moon shows the fallibility of such thinking. This is a thoroughly modern recording that belongs to the era of hip-hop but isn’t afraid to look at the past. A quite enjoyable disc.