Jason Moran: Body and Soul
Body and Soul
Jason Moran (piano)
The Bandwagon (Blue Note 7243 5 91893 2 1)
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 QuÃ©num