“The Art of the Duo"Last night, pianist Diane Moser and contrabassist Mark Dresser created together an astonishing series of duets in The Back Room at 98 Bottles. Dresser and Moser have a deep connection that dates back to the '70s--each is a superb musician with their own personal languages brought to the table, or in this case, perhaps altar is a more apt description--given the spiritual dynamic that seemed to be in play. Bass and piano courted the notion of beauty for its own sake--and I totally bought into it. Dresser's solo seemed to aim at squeezing the truth out of individual notes and phrases--and Moser set it all up with gloriously paced, rich, harmonies.Closing with the bassist's joyous extrapolation of Zimbabwean market culture, "Ekoneni," brought the celebrative aspect of this sublime collaboration to a fitting conclusion. The audience couldn't help but rise to their feet in appreciation.”
“Diane Moser & Mark Dresser "Duetto" There is a simpatico going on here that navigates the sublime. These two musicians seem to live in each others heads, because everything is perfectly balanced--from the tune authorship to the remarkably even distribution of melodies and solos. Opening with Moser's "Hello," dark, ruminative piano harmonies support Dresser's violin range harmonics and ponticello bowing before branching out into heady lyricism after a vamp is settled upon. Moser has a deft, pastoral touch that can turn into highly intuitive rhythmic agitation at the drop of a hat. Dresser wrote the impossibly ecstatic "Big Mama Heart," for Moser and it is clearly the highlight moment in an album full of them. Powered by the bassist's curious double-stops and drop-time pedal tones, the theme staggers about with jangled clusters and wicked repetitions.Moser takes an astonishing solo that places her in the elite of improvising pianists working today.Heady, serious fun.Highly recommended.”
“Diane Moser "WDMO" just out on Planet Arts...This album is a joyous affair that straddles wide arcs of style, while hewing close to a singular aesthetic. The magnum opus of this session, is "One For Mal," a dedication to the late, great, Mal Waldron. Juxtaposing the Westminster chimes against a squiggly theme of crashing chords and repetitions over contractions and expansions of the time, Moser's solo cycles waves of dissonance with passages of muscled swing. The trio breathes together and Thorsen unleashes a wicked statement that starts off in a glorious out mode and never lets up, Moore answers with patient gestures that build to a gale-force of drum explosions.”
“Diane Moser Quartet Lights Up The Back Room..Moser is a sublime and powerful musician who has the innate ability to draw things out of expert players that you haven't heard them do before. Perhaps it's the depth of her tunes, or the blanket encouragement to create beyond the expected, or maybe there is something in the way she plays that makes this happen--probably all three--the important thing is, Sprague, Moore and Thorsen each made contributions that came as total surpises. The pianist has a complete and focused command of the instrument that allows her to blur the distinctions between the kinetic-energy of "outside" playing and the more lyrical propulsion of "inside" music. At the center of it all is a remarkable mastery of rhythmic dynamics.”
“'Diane Moser's Composers Big Band celebrated its 15th anniversary at Trumpets Jazz Club in Montclair, NJ"”
"For 15 years, pianist Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band has been a dazzling showcase for new works that explore and expand the horizons of the jazz orchestra."
"You can always hear jazz big bands that play the classic repertoire, where the music has been. To hear where big band music is going, check out the Composers Big Band."
"You want fresh, lively, unexpected stuff? That's what you'll get!"
"...big band lives...barroom or church, it's all the same to this band of musical trail-blazers. Most amazing are the crowds that are flocking to hear [this] new music- a pivotal point if jazz is to survive and grow"
"What we have here is the ability to communicate. This ain't no disco. This ain't no fusion. This is 17 musicians playing jazz. This is one well rehearsed and precise band."
"...this stellar band is as good as it gets"
"Moser has emerged as a first class jazz pianist." She "is a catalyst for new music" and "is creating a new dynamic and greater role for new jazz and improvised music in New Jersey."
“Moser, a pianist and composer,has inspired audiences with her fresh and lively compositions.”
“Diane Moser's Composers Big Band gave a magnificent display of large ensemble artistry.. the music ran from thumping rock beats to undulating swing, and offered anything from smoothly-blended saxophones to uproarious, free-for-all ensemble sections.”
"Big, swinging, and Mingus-esque!"
““She has an incredible heart and is so soulful. She embodies the real spirit of jazz – fun, humor, adventure, entertainment, swing and taking chances.””
"Big-band leader is genius at large"