Another wonderful musician who deserves more attention than he has received is saxophonist/vocalist Bob Mover. I first discovered Bob through listening to his eponymous LP, the cover of which is shown above. This recording is a masterpiece that unfortunately seems never to have been reissued on CD. Later, he provided invaluable insight when Michael Fitzgerald and I were writing Rat Race Blues: The Musical Life of Gigi Gryce and our discussions revealed him to possess an impressive knowledge of jazz history.
Bob Mover was born into a musical family in Boston, MA on March 22, 1952 and began studying saxophone in his early teens, developing rapidly and assimilating the jazz legacy and vocabulary. He has worked and recorded with a number of jazz luminaries including Lee Konitz, Ira Sullivan, Charles Mingus and Chet Baker. Having lived in various locations throughout his career, Mover currently resides in New York City where he performs and teaches. For more information on his career and activities, see the Bob Mover Website.
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Thanks to Jeroen De Valk, Peter Mansell, Paolo Piangiarelli, Peter Smithson, Art Lillard, Alois Maul, Branko Prpa, Julian Fauth, Vito “Forthyto” Quaranta, Steve Schwartz (WGBH), Joop van der Leij, Ronald Lyles, Norbert Kreutzer, Will Friedwald, Dan Gaynor, Bob Sunenblick and Bob Mover himself for information.