Jason Moran: Another One
Jason Moran (piano)
The Bandwagon (Blue Note 7243 5 80917 2 4)
Recorded: New York, November 2002
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
It’s not immediately clear what is going on here. The three musicians seemingly play free – there’s no melody to speak of – and Tarus Mateen and Nasheet Waits are clearly just responding to Jason Moran’s actions. The tempo begins to pick up, and then it slows – and then it stops – and then it starts again, like some feverish hallucination. Moran’s music is new and unexpected, and he possesses the most startlingly original voice of any pianist since Monk. At first blush, “Another One” – for all its angularity and awkwardness – could appear to be much ado about nothing, but there is something very complex and very special going on here, and it’s all coming from within Jason Moran’s head. And to think this was recorded live, without a net, at the Village Vanguard. Lucky audience.
Reviewer: Steve Greenlee