January 24, 1994 12:00 PM

Ian Moore

Moore displays the kind of powerful, passionate chops that make comparisons with departed Texas guitar wizards Stevie Ray Vaughan and Freddie King inevitable. At 24, he is a veteran of the Austin blues and rock club scene, and last year he toured as lead guitarist with roots-rocker Joe Ely while working on the 11 songs in this stingingly soulful debut album.

Moore has a remarkably mature voice, which can range from high and keening to low and languorous. That said, he may be just too young to have found his own sound yet, whether he’s doing a sinewy slide tune like “Nothing” or a slow-burning rocker like “How Does It Feel.”

Moore’s work suggests a laudable knowledge of the great rock and blues guitarists preceding him, and he cites Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Guy as strong influences. Watching Guy play in Austin as a teenager, Moore says he learned Buddy was “not playing notes, [he was] playing emotions.” Much the same can be said of this musician on this promising inaugural outing. (Capricorn)

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