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Jason Moran

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, 2010

Rainbow Sign

Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Like Those Who Dream; Queen of the South; Average; Rainbow Sign; The Rumour; Custodian of the New; This Old Man; Binder; A Kind Word.

Let My People Go

Label: Archie Ball Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child; Isfahan; He Cares; Go Down Moses; Wise One; Lush Life; Round Midnight.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Archie Shepp & Jason Moran: Let My People Go

Read "Let My People Go" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Now an octogenarian, Archie Shepp's name is quite often spoken in the same sentence as that of John Coltrane. Shepp was born a decade after Trane and is associated with the great one's 'New Thing' and 'Fire Music.' His music though, post-Ascension (Impulse!, 1965), might be better equated to that of Billie Holiday, who was born, ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Eric Harland: Time is a joint effort

Read "Eric Harland: Time is a joint effort" reviewed by Leo Sidran

Drummer Eric Harland tells his incredible story of growing up in jny: Houston and how he came to weigh 400lbs by the time he was 16 (he eventually lost the weight in college), attending the Manhattan School of Music, becoming an ordained minister, living with singer Betty Carter during the last year of her life, learning ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jason Moran

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jason Moran

All About Jazz is celebrating Jason Moran's birthday today! 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. ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Maria Pia de Vito, Becca Stevens, Elan Mehler, Daniel Casimir & More New Releases

Read "Maria Pia de Vito, Becca Stevens, Elan Mehler, Daniel Casimir & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The year ended as it started, and as if COVID-19 never were, with a heart-warming slew of great new releases. Here's the last installment for 2020 acting as a great omen for an equally rewarding 2021 jazz year.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Various Artists ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

Frank Kimbrough: From Now to Forever - A Remembrance

Read "Frank Kimbrough: From Now to Forever - A Remembrance" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

On December 30, 2020, pianist Frank Kimbrough passed away at the age of 64. True to form, 2020 wreaked havoc until the end. The cause of death was not Covid-19, but the shock at the untimely loss of a revered artist was not any less powerful. Frank Kimbrough had the rare gift of touching ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ron Miles: Rainbow Sign

Read "Rainbow Sign" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Denver-based cornetist Ron Miles seemed to turn an important creative corner with the release of his last album, I Am a Man (Yellowbird, 2017). With a stellar band in tow, he seemed to have gathered the elements to produce something very original. This was not an easy task, considering the ardent individuality represented by the session's ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Ian Patterson's Best Releases Of 2020

Read "Ian Patterson's Best Releases Of 2020" reviewed by Ian Patterson

A year like no other produced a terrific amount of great music, much of inspired by--or in spite of—the surreal circumstances. Here, in no particular order, are some of my favorite releases of the year. A huge thank you to all the musicians, record labels, studios, agents, promotors and virtual technicians who helped keep us relatively ...


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