CD TEN [Jason Moran] [CD] [1 disc] (CD 6658198),
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TEN [Jason Moran] [CD] [1 disc]

  • 1. Blue Blocks
    2. RFK In The Land Of Apartheid
    3. Feedback, Pt. 2
    4. Crepuscule With Nellie
    5. Study No. 6
    6. Pas De Deux (Lines Ballet)
    7. Study No. 6
    8. Gangsterism Over 10 Years
    9. Big Stuff
    10. Play To Live
    11. Subtle One, The
    12. To Bob Vatel Of Paris
    13. Old Babies
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4571862

  • Credits
    ProducerJason Moran
    EngineerSascha Von Oertzen

    Personnel: Jason Moran (piano); Nasheet Waits (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Sascha von Oertzen.
    Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York, NY.
    Photographer: Clay Patrick McBride.
    Jason Moran's 2010 effort Ten features more of the jazz pianist's smart and forward-thinking jazz. Backed by bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits, Moran reveals himself once again to be a nimble improviser with an ear toward atmospheric and often fractured hypnotic post-bop jazz on tracks like the lilting "Blue Blocks" (commissioned by the Philadelphia Museum of Art) and "RFK in the Land of Apartheid," along with ruminative numbers buoyed by the band's laid-back blues inflections and ever-so-subtle funk grooves. Other tracks, such as "Feedback Pt. 2" and "Old Babies," reveal Moran's more experimental edge, mixing sound effects and his son's voices with more straight-ahead jazz stylings that bring to mind both Thelonious Monk and Oscar Peterson. As always with Moran, there is a heavy classical influence, and compositions like his own "Pas de Deux -- Lines Ballet" and his rambunctious take on Leonard Bernstein's "Big Stuff" do evince, much like the rest of Ten, both a romantic and modernist point of view. ~ Matt Collar

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (p.66) - "[I]t's Moran's pieces that prove the most striking on TEN, particularly the opening work 'Blue Blocks' and 'Play to Live'..."
    Paste (magazine) - "Fueled by the expert bustle of his trio, he's given to expansive, sparkling showpieces; solo, he coaxes the still spaces between the notes into a cadence of their own."
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.83) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] largely introspective post-bop set that includes a version of Thelonious Monk's 'Crepuscule With Nellie.'"
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