THOMAS MOTTER is one of Germany’s top jazz keyboardists. In-demand as a session player and constantly on the road, he’s also released a number of solo albums – some credited to a band that he dubbed ‘Moonbase’. And indeed a lot of Thomas’ music is spacey and ethereal as that name suggests, yet he also manages to include a modern soul tune or two on his sets.
His last long player, ‘Lost And Loved’ featured one such tune, ‘Star’ which was a fronted by the underrated LeNora Jaye and Ms Jaye features on two cuts on Thomas’ new album, ‘Somewhere Out There’. She takes lead on the decent ‘Waiting’ and the atmospheric ‘Moon 88’. There’s plenty more spaced out atmospherics on a trio of tracks simply called ‘Call And Response'(I, II and III) while the album’s title cut is equally ethereal. For more straight ahead jazz try the Latin romp that is ‘Cuba Libre’