Dirk K meets Ra Kalam Bob Moses

Brand New Album!

Dirk K meets Ra Kalam Bob Moses, a new innovative original music project featuring Dirk K on guitar and legendary Ra Kalam Bob Moses on drums, percussion and bass. The music features seven original compositions. The total album length is about 38 minutes. Listen for free for a short period of time or purchase FLAC or MP3 files right here.

Unique soundscapes, odd meters, a touch of world music, but still in the realm of Jazz.

 

Below please find a video teaser and a music player including the finished recording. 

The album has been recorded remotely in Quincy, MA and Las Vegas, NV during the 2020, 2021 pandemic. 

“The existence of this music came as a welcome surprise to me, for I have been a fan of both of these musicians for a long time — Dirk since the early 1990s, and Ra Kalam Bob Moses since the mid-to-late 1960s when, as a member of Gary Burton’s groundbreaking Quartet, Bob gave the rest of us rebels-in-training permission to play straight-ahead jazz while looking like a hippie. Appearances are deceiving …? Possibly. But this music is as honest as the zoom connection is long. Remote creation has never sounded so good nor so immediate. “Honest” is the word that comes to mind.

Moses

Commandments

Thou shalt not play like there’s a click track. Kk

Put another way: these are farm to table improvisations. Enjoy the meal.”

Peter Erskine

“This new CD by old friend Dirk K, along with even older friend Ra Kalam Bob Moses, is a keeper! Wonderful new compositions by Dirk plus the interactive playing by the two of them, makes this a special recording, harkening back to the days when we all were a lot younger, but this is thoroughly music of today, and music 'in the moment' played with much spirit and sensitivity! Hu!"

 

Randy Brecker

ConunDRUM

written by Dirk Kleutgens

Inner Light
written by Dirk Kleutgens and Ra Kalam Bob Moses

New York City
written by Dirk Kleutgens

Berlin Bewölkt
written by Dirk Kleutgens and Ra Kalam Bob Moses

Quiet River Runs Deep
written by Dirk Kleutgens

LeMonk Intro
written by Ra Kalam Bob Moses

LeMonk
written by Dirk Kleutgens

Stargazer
written by Dirk Kleutgens

Dirk K - guitars
Ra Kalam Bob Moses - drums, percussion. Bass on Berlin Bewölkt.

All guitars recorded by Dirk K at DKP Studios, Las Vegas NV

All drums, percussion and bass on Berlin Bewölkt recorded by David J. Sullivan at Native Pulse, Quincy MA


Mixed by Dirk K and Ra Kalam Bob Moses. Sonic beds on track Berlin Bewölkt and LeMonk mixed by David J. Sullivan

Mastered by Dirk K

A partial list of stellar musicians Ra-Kalam Bob Moses has worked and/or recorded with both as a leader and a sideman includes: Charles Mingus, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Jim Pepper, Larry Coryell, The Free Spirits, Dave Liebman, Gary Burton, Keith Jarrett, Steve Swallow, Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays, Paul Bley, Herbie Hancock, Jack DeJohnette, Jaco Pastorius, Hal Galper, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Steve Kuhn, Sheila Jordan, Bobby McFerrin, Dave Sanborn, Bill Frisell, Eddie Gomez, Don Alias, John Scofield, Terumasa Hino, Dave Holland, Charlie Haden, Hermeto Pascoal, Jovinos Santos Neto, Danilo Perez, David Sanchez, Chucho Valdes, Jimmy Slyde, Savion Glover, Gregory Hines, Stan Strickland, Tiger Okoshi,Nana Vasconcelos, Obo Addy, John Medeski, Vernon Reid, DJ Logic, Badal Roy, Robert Pinsky, Sam Rivers, Pharoah Sanders, free master guitar genius Tisziji Muñoz, and many others. More info @ Native Pulse

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 World renowned drummer

Ra-Kalam Bob Moses 

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Dirk K, originally from Germany, is an accomplished guitarist, whose career began in the early 1990s. Releasing 17 CDs as a Recording Artist on Sony, Bellaphon, Fuzzy Music and on his own independent label DIP Records. In addition he recorded 12 CD’s with original projects such as Lockout Station, Quartet Equinox, Das Überschall, Acoustic Journey, etc.. He performed and recorded with renowned artists such as Randy Brecker, Peter Erskine, Toots Thielemans, Dave Weckl, Brandon Fields, Alan Pasqua, Marc Johnson, Terri Lyne Carrington, Gary Meek, Rick Braun, Paul Tayler, Eric Marienthal, Darryl Williams, C.C. Thomas Jr., Al Turner, and many more.

Touring the USA and Europe many times with his band featuring trumpeter Randy Brecker and saxophonist Andy Middleton and pianist Alan Pasqua, he also toured with Das Überschall, Quartet Equinox and with Joe McBride’s Band and many more. Info @ dirkk.com