Michael Moore - alto saxophone, clarinets, piano, whistle
Barry Block - tenor saxophone, clarinet
Stuart Curtis - tenor and soprano saxophones, whistle
Jimmy Sernesky - trumpet
Gregg Moore - trombone, tuba, electric bass, mandolin
Michael Vatcher - drums, percussion, voice, zither, harmonica, violin
Playful, theatrical pieces from the original Jelly line up. The repertoire
includes covers of Mingus, Rolling Stones, Rota, Vlach, and Italian
folk music as well as some hardy originals.
"The collective calling itself Available Jelly is a five-horn sextet having a fun time interacting on mostly original material but also with several well-known Jazz and traditional vehicles on this 1984 recording. Multi-reedists Moore, Curtis and Block team with brass players G. Moore and Sernesky to promote a large ensemble sound while Vatcher provides the rhythm through his percussion and string supplements. The session comes off as a type of review where the tightly structured program acts as a gateway for more raucous playing in the Dutch tradition of musical theater. Moore contributed about half of the songs, all of which rely heavily on written ensemble parts capable of being transformed into improvising gems of light-heartedness. Operetta-style singing is infused on a few occasions to reinforce the theatrical concept of the production, but it is generally used for effect before the band takes flight with riotous playing. Moore moves over to the piano stool on "On the Rag" to add some ragtime gaiety to the festiveness while G. Moore puffs along on tuba. Organ grinder, parade, polka, circus, and other forms of European ethnicity take hold, and the program swells with the humorous/serious improvisations overlaid by the band. Even Mingus's "Fables of Faubus" is given frolicsome treatment. Available Jelly had a good time making this recording, and you can share in the party with this reissue."
Frank Rubolino, Cadence, April, 2001