Tedeschi Trucks Band – I Am The Moon: I. Crescent (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 35:09 minutes | 1,28 GB | Genre: Rock
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A four-part album series housing more than two hours of music and two dozen songs inspired by an ancient Persian poem? With an accompanying film for each section – and in 2022, when they say nobody cares about long-players anymore? That’s chutzpah. But it’s also entirely in character for the Tedeschi Trucks Band.
Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks demonstrated their chutzpah back in 2010 when they formed the 12-member collective modeled in the grand organic tradition of the Allman Brothers Band (which Trucks, nephew of their late drummer Butch Trucks, played in from 1999-2014), Grateful Dead, the Band, Leon Russell’s Hello People and others of that ilk. They haven’t wavered from the path throughout four previous studio albums, but with I Am the Moon they’re doubling down on that creative ambition, knocking down any walls that may still be standing before them. It’s challenging, for sure. But the group’s combination of musical excellence and daring won’t be denied, which makes I Am the Moon, in all of its unapologetically indulgent grandeur, a career-defining work.
The project offers an epic musical interpretation of “Layla & Majnun,” a 12th-century poem by Nizami Ganjavi that was also source material for Derek and the Dominos’ “Layla.” (Trucks has toured with Eric Clapton, and the TTB released a live rendition of Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs on last year’s Layla: Revisited (Live at Lockin’). I Am the Moon dips even deeper into the poem’s 90 pages to explore themes of interpersonal relationships (romantic and otherwise), faith, longing and searching for higher ground. The first batch of music on I Am the Moon I. Crescent, follows suit, with meticulously crafted arrangements and exchanges that are still loose enough to feel like beatific improvisations.
1-01. Tedeschi Trucks Band – Hear My Dear (05:34)
1-02. Tedeschi Trucks Band – Fall In (05:48)
1-03. Tedeschi Trucks Band – I Am The Moon (05:14)
1-04. Tedeschi Trucks Band – Circles ‘Round The Sun (06:16)
1-05. Tedeschi Trucks Band – Pasaquan (12:15)