All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

386

Jason Moran: Modernistic

Mark F. Turner By

Sign in to view read count
Let's just cut to the chase. Jazz pianist Jason Moran has the goods. And more importantly, he has his own set of goods. His voice is unique among an onslaught of talented pianists. Exhilarating, challenging, and animated, are just a view of the ways to describe Moran's delivery. A student of the late Jaki Byard, his influences are as diverse as his abilities. His past releases and collaborations with Greg Osby have revealed comps and solos that were clearly beyond the standard jazz repertoire.



One of Blue Notes' young luminaries, he carries forth the strong tradition of jazz greats and helps to redefine the vision of where jazz is going. His last recording Black Stars was a collaboration with elder jazz visionary Sam Rivers and was listed among the top picks of 2001. Modernistic is the next chapter of an artist whose work will be documented in the years to come.

Modernistic is Moran's first solo recording and it is truly dynamic. The talented pianist explores the unique intricacies of performing solo successfully. One might think that a solo piano recording might veer into either mundane or spastic territories; but not in the hands of Moran. The music is melodic, funky, playful, and contemplative, but never ordinary. Take for instance the boldness and skill to reinvent Africa Bambataa's party jam "Planet Rock , which plays out like some neoclassical funk piece, or the title opener "You've Got To Be Modernistic which showcases incredible range and chops that are at his disposal. With complexity and vision, his own compositions continue to reveal a true composer with two selections in his ongoing "Gangsterism series.

Moran plays with percussive energy on "Time Into Space Into Time with its undulating runs and time changes, whereas "Body and Soul is simplistically beautiful. His work with the mini-piano on selection "Moran Tonk Circa 1935 is like going into a time warp, which lands in a ragtime brothel. The lovely "Gentle Shifts South concludes the recording with a pastoral mood that is sure to linger. All in all, Modernistic is an enjoyable and rewarding recording from one of today's brightest musicians.

Artist Website


Track Listing: 1. You've Got to Be Modernistic 2. Body and Soul 3.Planet Rock 4. Planet Rock Postscript 5. Time into Space into Time 6. Gansterism on Irons 7. Moran Tonk Circa 1935 8. Passion 9. Gangsterism on a Lunchtable 10. Auf Einer Burg/In a Fortress 11. Gentle Shifts South

Personnel: Jason Moran - piano, mini piano

Title: Modernistic | Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: Blue Note Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Related Articles

Read Alive In The East? CD/LP/Track Review
Alive In The East?
by Chris May
Published: June 22, 2018
Read Love Stone CD/LP/Track Review
Love Stone
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 22, 2018
Read Empty Castles CD/LP/Track Review
Empty Castles
by Mark Corroto
Published: June 22, 2018
Read Myths and Morals CD/LP/Track Review
Myths and Morals
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: June 22, 2018
Read The Sum Of My Pardon CD/LP/Track Review
The Sum Of My Pardon
by Jim Olin
Published: June 22, 2018
Read Postcard Collection CD/LP/Track Review
Postcard Collection
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 21, 2018
Read "The Last Sense To Leave Us – A Tribute To Pauline Oliveros" CD/LP/Track Review The Last Sense To Leave Us – A Tribute To Pauline...
by Karl Ackermann
Published: September 10, 2017
Read "The Treasury Shows, Vol. 24" CD/LP/Track Review The Treasury Shows, Vol. 24
by Chris Mosey
Published: November 21, 2017
Read "Lantern" CD/LP/Track Review Lantern
by John Kelman
Published: June 26, 2017
Read "The Berlin Concert" CD/LP/Track Review The Berlin Concert
by Troy Dostert
Published: June 18, 2018
Read "Intimate Ella - A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald" CD/LP/Track Review Intimate Ella - A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald
by Nicholas F. Mondello
Published: February 2, 2018
Read "Passin' Thru" CD/LP/Track Review Passin' Thru
by Ian Patterson
Published: July 20, 2017