Jason Moran: Body and Soul


Body and Soul


Jason Moran (piano)


The Bandwagon (Blue Note 7243 5 91893 2 1)

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Jason Moran (piano),

Tarus Mateen (bass), Nasheet Waits (drums)


Composed by Johnny Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour & Frank Eyton


Recorded: New York, November 29-30, 2002


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

Jason Moran recorded a slightly shorter solo version of the same tune issued on Modernistic just a few months earlier. This live trio version gives more intensity to his meditative rendition of a song he obviously feels close to. His vision of it is both dark and candid, full of feeling and of respect for the tradition. The trio works as a tight unit, hardly improvises, and gradually builds a very convincing climax marked by a cyclical vamp that is first used as an intro, then as a kind of red line all through the performance.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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