Jason Moran: Joga




Jason Moran (piano)


Facing Left (Blue Note 23884)

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Jason Moran (piano), Tarus Mateen (bass), Nasheet Waits (drums).

Composed by Bjork and Sjon


Recorded: New York, January 15, 2000


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

The pianist Jason Moran is as adventurous with his repertoire as he is with his playing. The bandleader and in-demand sideman (Don Byron, Charles Lloyd, Paul Motian) has recorded everything from pieces by Duke Ellington (“Wig Wise”) and Jaki Byard (“Out Front”) to film music (The Godfather: Part II) and hip-hop (“Planet Rock”). So, somehow, it makes sense that he’d be hip to Bjork. With bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits in tow, Moran, on acoustic piano, delivers a delicate reading of Bjork’s “Joga,” the gorgeous ballad-turned-head-nodder from 1997’s Homogenic. The leader meditates carefully upon the tune’s inner drama until about the five-minute mark, when all things soft and thoughtful take a turn for the funky.

Reviewer: Brad Farberman

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