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Earthborn Tales of Soul and Spirit

Earthborn Tales of Soul and Spirit

John Moulder

Label: Origin Records
Format: CD
Barcode: 0805558272226
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Catalog number: ORIGIN 82722
Releasedate: 04-11-16
 "...The sound is tremendous, as are the performances...To these ears, (Moulder's aesthetic) is probing and kaleidoscopic." - JAZZTIMES
Reflecting on the inspiring spiritual presence of John Coltrane, Ruby Bridges (the first student to desegregate an all-white New Orleans Elementary School in 1960), and spiritual writer and social activist, Thomas Merton, Chicago guitarist John Moulder composed this set of music in celebration of their ongoing influence. "Earthborn Tales of Soul and Spirit" features saxophonist Donny McCaslin and trumpeter Marquis Hill, along with a cast of Moulder's longtime musical colleagues, including drummer Paul Wertico, bassists Steve Rodby, Larry Gray & Eric Hochberg, and others. "The radiant, life-affirming glow of this music is unmistakable." - Chicago Tribune. 
John Moulder is a guitarist and composer whose music has evolved from an assimilation of various musical traditions. John's compositions and playing are featured on his CDs entitled Awakening (Mo-Tonal Records 1993), Through the Open Door (Igmod/Mo-Tonal Records 1997), Spirit Talk (NAIM 2003) and his new release Trinity. 

Televised feature stories on John and his work have aired on Artbeat (WTTW) and Chicago Tonight (WTTW). He also has played on the recent recordings by vocalist Jackie Allen such as The Men in My Life (Blue Note 2003), Love is Blue (Blue Note 2004) and her upcoming release Tangled. 

John has been a member of the Paul Wertico Trio for twelve years. Recordings with Paul include Live in Warsaw (Igmod Records 1998), Don't Be Scared Anymore (Premonition Records 2000), Stereonucleosis (A440 2004) and his new release The Other Side (NAIM 2006). He has played nationally and internationally at numerous festivals, clubs and concert halls and has performed with artists such as Eddie Harris, Bob Mintzer, Kurt Elling, Paul McCandless, Lyle Mays, Paul Wertico, Gary Burton, Niels Orsted Pederson and Terry Callier. 

John received his Masters degree in music from Northwestern University. As an educator, he is currently a faculty member at Benedictine University and Northwestern University. He has lectured, taught master classes and conducted clinics at universities, high schools, music institutes and other settings.