Though a musical arch-conservative, Michael Moore's an impressive, capable bassist noted for his restraint and support in small group settings. He has few peers for tasteful, lyrical playing, and has constantly drawn raves for his work in New York clubs. Moore began playing bass at 15, and worked with his guitarist father in Cincinnati clubs. He studied at the Cincinnati College Conservatory and played at the local Playboy club with Cal Collins and Woody Evans. Moore toured Africa and Eastern Europe on a State Department-sponsored junket with Woody Herman's band in 1966, and recorded with Herman in New York and Dusko Goykovich in Belgrade. Moore played with Marian McPartland, Freddie Hubbard, Jim Hall and Benny Goodman in the '70s, as well as quartets led by the duos of Ruby Braff and George Barnes, and Chet Baker and Lee Konitz. Moore teamed with Gene Bertonicini in the late '70s, and continued their association through the '80s into the '90s. He also recorded with Jake Hanna, Warren Vache, Herb Ellis and Zoot Sims in the '70s, and Kenny Barron, Michael Urbaniak and Sims in the '80s. Moore and Bertoncini have recorded for OmniSound, Stash and Chiaroscuro. They have a few sessions available on CD.