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“Fats Waller is a special kind of provocateur. It stems mainly from the fact that he was a singer as well as a pianist. Sometimes he was like an MC. It has always amazed me that a pianist whose playing was so deep could sing and keep a running commentary of what was going on around him all at the same time.”

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 27, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: BLUE NOTE
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • ASIN: B000H3097E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,166 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Artist In Residence by Jason Moran

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When you're an early success in jazz, the temptation is to hunker down in the style that's earned you acclaim. Pianist Jason Moran will have none of that. While thriving on the edgy interaction of his terrific working trio, Bandwagon, featuring bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits, he keeps reaching for new modes of expression, drawing upon sources as varied as Italian film themes, Turkish language rhythms and hip-hop. This time, he cuts loose behind smartly sampled commentary by conceptual artist Adrian Piper and waxes lyrical on a ballad featuring the operatic voice of his wife Alicia Hall Moran. Taken from works commissioned by institutions including the Walker Arts Center and Jazz at Lincoln Center, Artist in Residence tells us where Moran has been lately. However highfalutin' the assignments, the music is remarkably personable, whether bridging minimalism and free jazz on "RAIN" (featuring trumpeter Ralph Alessi) or bluesifying "Lift Every Voice" (featuring guitarist Marvin Sewell). If you're looking for the state of the art--of the arts, even--look no further. --Lloyd Sachs

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Larry Sakin on September 29, 2006
Format: Audio CD
"Breakdown misunderstanding, breakdown the artist", a looped refrain from African American philosopher/artist Adrian Piper, is the opening to jazz pianist Jason Moran's new album Artist in Residence. Piper's metaphor is a theme throughout Moran's seventh work for Blue Note Records.

As with previous works, Moran and his brilliant back up group Bandwagon" breaks down the history of jazz music, having created the experimental hybrid blues on "Same Mother" and an amazing improvisational effort with flutist Sam Rivers "Black Stars". On each of those records, Moran showed a flair for highly complex rhythms which weaved new frontiers for the genre's they explored. Artist in Residence is a more subdued effort; with Moran's minimalist approach sounding similar to Steven Reich in some places and at other times approaching the mad genius of Thelonious Monk in the free jazz composition "RAIN".

Each of the tracks on Artist in Residence was commissioned by art and theatre centers across the country. The result is a record of Moran's artistic exchanges and encounters with the Art World, and a deeper look into the concepts of Piper. The first track, "Break Down", is a straight ahead composition with Piper's sampled vocals layered over the instrumental tracks almost giving the piece a hip-hop feel. "Milestones" combines an operatic vocal performed by Moran's wife Alicia Hall meshes with a gently melodic ensemble piece that features the bass work of Tarus Mateen and Marvin Sewell's guitar. "Milestones" is reminiscent of the European jazz found on most ECM releases, with Mateen's bass a tribute to the work of Charlie Haden and Sewell's harmonics similar to the earlier material of Pat Metheny.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 19, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Despite mixed reviews in publications, this album is absolutely mesmerising. There is something for everyone in this album; whether it's the song about the culture of America (Break Down) or the inspired national anthem (Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing), every song has the kind of genius ideas that we've come to expect of Jason Moran. Also, Cradle Song is a nice touch, a tribute to his mother, who recently passed away.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BountyHunter on April 28, 2007
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This CD by Moran is a kind of symbolizes that addresses a problem that I believe Jason Moran has with the public's understanding of jazz. The theme is that jazz can transcend any type of genre or style and cannot be put in a box.

I think that in America, people have this "view" of jazz and stereotype it harshly instead of giving it a chance and Jason Moran states this with his music and he incorporates classical music and uses his loving soprano wife on one of the tracks.

I feel that is the inspiration for this album. His unique sound can be heard in ways that I think many people did not know that jazz could encompass.
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