Since his formidable emergence on the music scene in the
late 90s, jazz pianist Jason Moran has proven more than
his brilliance as a performer. The Blue Note Records
recording artist has established himself as a risk-taker and
innovator of new directions for jazz as a whole.
In almost every category that matters—improvisation,
composition, group concept, repertoire, technique and
experimentation—Moran, and his group The Bandwagon—
with bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits—
have challenged the status quo, and earned the reputation
as "the future of jazz."
Frequently influenced by the wider world of art as his muse,
Moran has found inspiration in edgy 20th century painters
like Jean-Michel Basquiat (check out "JAMO Meets SAMO"
from Soundtrack to Human Motion, as well as his ongoing
series of "Gangsterism" compositions); Egon Schiele
(whose painting "Facing Left" provided the eponymous title
to Moran's second album); and Robert Rauschenberg,
whose chaotic refinement inspired Moran's third album
Black Stars, featuring the legendary Sam Rivers.
Moran is currently preparing for the release of TEN, his
10th anniversary album with The Bandwagon, on June 22,