Jason Moran – Ten
Jason, a virtuoso jazz pianist (from Houston), teams with his almost equally dope trio mates, bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits, to craft something like a big deal featuring homages to the likes of Thelonious Monk and Jaki Byard. Of all the instruments used in jazz, I like piano the most – just something about it…a certain subtlety, the movement. I talk about pace a lot in my little half-assed reviews, and this album really has it – it moves well. And he’s found ways to flip great songs in ways you wouldn’t believe – case in point, Monk’s “Crepuscule With Nellie.”
Very well made album technically and artistically – definitely in my top 3-5 of the year so far. It’s literally blown me away, and off my Roots kick, which turned out to be a lot more temporary than anticipated. Vijay Iyer – back to the drawing board for you, sir.
Video: a very unique, and very dope performance from 2004, at a festival in Istanbul – dope city by the way….must see it again.