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Mocean Worker

The ranks of jazzy drum'n'bass swelled considerably with the debut of Mocean Worker, the recording alias of eclectic producer Adam Dorn. Dorn's father, Joel, was one of the stalwart producers at Atlantic Records during the 1960s and '70s, helming sessions by Coltrane and Mingus as well as pop records like Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly," Bette Midler's debut album, and the Allman Brothers' Idlewild South. Adam, a bass player and vocalist, studied at Berklee College of Music and worked extensively in the music industry as well, with artists ranging from David Sanborn to Hal Willner to Chaka Khan. Father and son also produced archival reissues released by their own 32 Records (the catalog also proved helpful when Dorn began sampling sources like Mahalia Jackson and Slim & Slam's Slam Stewart).

The Mocean Worker project came about almost by accident, the result of a series of half-serious recording sessions. After realizing the quality of the music he'd created, Dorn released his first Mocean Worker album, Home Movies from the Brain Forest, in 1998 on the punk label Conscience. Dorn moved to the Island subsidiary Palm Pictures for 1999's Mixed Emotional Features, which included some drum'n'bass material but pointed toward his predominantly jazz-rooted future releases. Aural & Hearty, a mix of disco-funk, house, and swanky club jazz, was issued a year later. Dorn then established his Mowo! label. Enter the Mowo! arrived in 2004, with Cinco de Mowo! -- as in the fifth Mocean Worker album -- following in 2007. In 2008, Dorn contributed to two compilations (Jazz & Milk Breaks and Sundown: Music for Unwinding) before assembling an eight-piece soul/funk band for festival shows at Bumbershoot and the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. Released in 2011, Candygram for Mowo! was a change of pace, with a wider spread of genres and guest spots by trumpeter Steven Bernstein and rapper Lyrics Born. A compilation, It's Pronounced Motion..., was issued in 2014. The following year, he contributed to "I Can't Breathe," a track on Marcus Miller's Afrodeezia that also featured trenchant rhymes from Chuck D. ~ John Bush
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Candygram For Mowo!

1. Shooby Shooby Do Yah!

2. Swagger

3. My Own Little World

4. Hoot & Hollah

5. Sistas & Bruthas

6. It Still Don't Mean A Thing

7. Mel's Torment

8. Out There In The Random

9. Do Like Ya Like

10. Ya Damn Right

11. Say Yeah Yeah

12. Jive, Jive, Jive

13. Sho Nuff Now

14. JD

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Track List: Enter The Mowo!

1. Chick A Boom Boom Boom (feat. David "Fathead" Newman)

2. Only The Shadow Knows

3. Right Now

4. Shamma Lamma Ding Dong (feat. Rahsaan Roland Kirk)

5. I'll Take The Woods (feat. Ambrosia Parsley)

6. Salted Fatback (feat. Bill Frisell)

7. Move

8. That's What's Happenin Tonight (feat. Les McCann)

9. On And On

10. Blackbird (feat. Nina Simone)

11. Float (feat. Jane Monheit)

12. Collection II

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Track List: Aural & Hearty

1. Lighten Up Fancis

2. Hey Baby

3. Air Suspension

4. Tres Tres Chic

5. InToThinAir

6. Thick Interlude

7. Cha Cha Cha

8. Velvet Black Sky

9. AstroGlide

10. Waiting For Verdeaux

11. Step

12. Lighten Up Again

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Track List: Mixed Emotional Features

1. Rene M

2. Detonator

4. Counts, Dukes & Strays

5. Mycroft

6. Heaven @ 12:07

7. Wonderland

8. Motion Booty

9. Times Of Danger

10. Boba Fett

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Track List: Mocean Worker

1. Soul Swing

2. I Told You Twice The First Time

3. The Actual Funk (Feat. Sweetpea Atkinson)

4. Julius, Irving, Berlin

5. Clap Yo Hands (Mtume)

6. RubberBand

7. Savoy Strut

8. Ralph And Marcus

9. Now That's What I'm Talkin' Bout

10. PunkDisco (Jaco)

11. Colette Ma Belle Femme

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Adam has a groove that never quits! Love it!
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Sry dumb auto correct and typo
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Give me the chocolate part of move an worker
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Love Blackbird
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We like this
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Aweeesommme! ! ! !
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Simply amazing.
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A masterpiece
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j_rocket29
theres a few other Mo Wo releases not mentioned here...Ill track em down and ask them to be added :)
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funky funky
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Swagger make me want to swagger !!
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New Olreans for those of u folks unaware of how to pronounce the name of the distinguishe d city...giggl e s
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Right Now is a cool track...remi n d s me of n'awlans
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Love this Tune! great sound and great to snowboard to!
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thanks
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His new album, released this year, 2007 called Cinco de Mowo is also excellent.
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I wish more of this would come out. "Salted Fatback" is just as cool as the other side of the pillow. Very slick piece of work, and to think it was almost never released! Can we have some more o' that fatback?

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