Dan Messore’s latest album on Babel is based on a surf-oriented organ trio – guitar, Hammond organ and drums.
“It’s fair to quote names like Pat Metheny and the aforesaid Frisell as references, but the seam of jazz Messore is mining goes further back to such as Charlie Byrd and Jim Hall” Kevin Le Gendre, BBC Music Magazine
Messore is someone who has inherited and absorbed a diverse range of music, and has played all over the world. He might draw from the sensitive side of post-contemporary fusion where Pat Metheny meets Kurt Rosenwinkel but is also filled with the rich folk-rock traditions of a John Fahey, with touches of Bill Frisells’ Americana/Nashville and the recently departed Bert Jansch. Messore’s sweet folky harmonies and dreamily chiming open chords recall the misty mountain landscapes of Led Zeppelin. While his wild side fuses the psychedelia of Hendrix and the wistfulness of Jeff Buckley. He is constantly voyaging into new musical territory via respectful learning of the historical and cultural traditions, as well as being inspired by the great individuality that’s expressed by musicians of our time.