July/August 2000

Robert Moore
Cool Blue
RomoMusic

A fan favorite on Birmingham's local-music circuit, proud Southerner Robert Moore indulges his split personality on the double-disc Cool Blue, an equal blend of quirky brunch jazz and down-low (but not that low) Chicago blues. While the production on both discs-"Cool" is the jazz; "Blue" is, well, you get it-is shiny-clean and relatively safe, it's still amusing listening to Moore switch from his trumpet and clever jazz phrasing to his harmonica and lonely blues wail. There's nothing too revolutionary on either disc, but that's what makes Moore so popular in the Alabama bars. No matter what musical genre he's giving a taste, Moore provides the average music fan with what they really want: earnest readings of both originals and covers, proper nods to his capable band and enough chances for young lovers to get friendly on the dance floor. On the Donald Fagenesque "Minor Indulgences," Moore sets some oddball lyrics ("I've seen sensual sights and have delved in delights/To depths that make sexologists blush") to drummer Eric Vaughn's so-smooth tango beat. And for the boozy "Just Ignore Him," the horn section sounds straight outta Memphis and the singer does a randy Delbert McClinton impression. Cool Blue is solid background music for swigging cheap beer in Birmingham (or your living room, for that matter).

Originally published in July/August 2000
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