It's Only A Paper Moon

by Greg Porée

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Greg Porée’s instrumental take on the jazz standard ‘It's Only A Paper Moon’ is typical for his unique attempt of blending tradional jazz with world music. The arrangement and musicianship is both creative and surprising.
Originally, the tune was written by Harold Arlen with lyrics by E. Y. Harburg and Billy Rose and first published in 1933. One of the most popular versions is by Ella Fitzgerald.
Greg Porée developed his interpretation featuring the classical guitar on live concerts with one of his closest musical partners, the bassist Keith Jones. They turned the popular jazz standard into a quirky Latin tune with creative and infectuous rhythmic and melodic structures.
The grooves are remniscent of the Afro-Caribbean genre Calypso, which is heavily rooted in West-African music and blended with the European folk music of the Creoles. Being of Creole descendance himself, this style not only conveys Greg’s musical heritage but also links him to the other players: Keith Jones’ roots are Jamaican and the percussionist Leon Mobley is from Nigeria. In this ensemble they personify the rhythmic roots of this tune.
The rhythmic bed is a 16th note shaker pattern and a conga part supplied by the drum master Leon, who also played the drum solo on a djembe – which is quite unusual for Calypso. The six-string bass by Keith Jones is rock solid, both rhythmically and melodically and acts as a counterpoint to both the drums and guitar.

Produced by Frances Livings & Greg Porée for Moontraxx Music Productions 2010.


Lyrics exist to this tune but this arrangement by Greg Porée and Keith Jones is an instrumental.


released December 1, 2010
Greg Porée - guitar
Keith Jones - bass
Leon Mobley - percusiion


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My music is roots music in the sense that simple melodies are the key, woven into rich fabrics of harmony and rhythm. ~ Greg Porée

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