During the early 1900s', musicians had to be versatile, they had to be able to play a country hoe-down on one night and then a gospel show the next. With the media still in its' infantile stage musicians had to be prepared to play anyplace they could, old-time favorites to the gentlemen at the barbershop, and also medicine shows,high-society dances, and juke joints, basically wherever there was to earn some money. Well, to say some things have changed would be an understatement.
Nowadays one of the first things a musician has to do is decide which genre they are interested in pursuing, then they practice, get good, and hopefully spend the rest of their career being pigeon-holed by the record companies, and the fans alike. For the most part we are all alright with this, if you want blues you turn on the blues channel, if you want reggae you tune it to reggae, but every once in a while a musician emerges without thinking about genre, with a concern only for entertainment.
Michael Moore is the alto sax, and clarinetist for Available Jelly, he is also one of the main composers, and arrangers along with cornetist Eric Boeren. Moore has also worked in such realms as commercial studio work, dance classes, theater, and concert designer. He has won many various awards including the "Bird Award", in 2000, he has his own record label, Ramboy Records. The track "Jewels and Binoculars" is a Bob Dylan tribute band that Michael is a part of, and there is more than 80 c.d.s' that Moore has written and/or played on. It is safe to say that the man is diverse, and so is Available Jelly. Each and every player in this group is amazing within their own and with each other.
"Bilbao Song" gathers inspiration from Duke Ellington to Cole Porter to Burt Bacharach, and Hoagy Carmichael. The album also touches upon a wide-range of themes such as Asian, Turkish, Portuguese, and Dixieland swing. There is not exactly one way to describe Available Jelly, except maybe "full of surprise" if you are a fan of jazz music you will love these gus.