CD Review – Jason Moran: Ten (Blue Note/EMI)

2010-10-01 13:42

This album marks pianist Jason Moran’s first decade as a leader of The ­Bandwagon.

However, this 12-track offering adds drummer Nasheet Waits and Tarus ­Mateen on bass to Moran’s keys, completing what has been dubbed the most ­exciting rhythm section in jazz today.

The album contains many of ­Moran’s idiosyncrasies – like “static” and “found“ sounds on Feedback Pt. 2 and Old Babies – though the central priority is clearly the playing.

On RFK in The Land of Apartheid, Mateen’s brooding lines create a platform for piano improvisations.

Moran doesn’t patronise his heroes ­either, as heard in Crepuscule with ­Nelly– a Thelonious Monk classic delivered with ­refreshing, youthful latitude.

7/10 – Percy Mabandu

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