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Soundtrack to Human Motion [Soundtrack]

Jason MoranAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)


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JASON MORAN

“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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  • Audio CD (April 6, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B00000ID4K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,364 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This 20-something, Houston-born pianist emerged on the jazz scene with his brilliant work on alto-soprano saxophonist Greg Osby's recordings Zero and Banned in New York. With this debut, Moran is joined by Osby, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, bassist Lonnie Plaxico, and drummer Eric Harland. What makes Moran stand out from his peers is the influence of the great pianist Andrew Hill, whose complex and elliptical pianisms effortlessly straddle the boundaries of mainstream and avant-garde styles. Moran adopts and updates Hill's musical conception well, as evidenced by the snaky melodic lines of "Gangsterism on Canvas," "Snake Stance," and "Kinetics." "Retrograde" constructs and deconstructs a 4/4 groove, and "Aquanaut" pulses with Moran's cascading harmonic waves that give it the déjà-vu vibe of Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman." "JAMO Meets SAMO" is a quirky, aural take on the paintings of Jean-Michel Basquiat, while the highlight of the CD is "Le Tombeau de Couperin/States of Art," a heartfelt reading of Maurice Ravel's French impressionist classic that segues into Moran's own equally impressive, trio-formatted composition. --Eugene Holley Jr.

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Pianist Jason Moran made his recorded debut on saxophonist Greg Osby's 1997 Blue Note release, Further Ado. It was an auspicious moment all around: For Osby, one of mainstream-jazz's brightest and most influential young leaders, it announced a sideman who the saxophonist praised as "made to order" for his challenging ideals. For Blue Note Records, it hinted at how forcefully the label's legacy would extend into the future. And on his 1999 debut for the label, Soundtrack to Human Motion, Moran delivered on that promise with what he calls a "dream band": Osby, vibist Stefon Harris (who has emerged as a Blue Note leader as well), bassist Lonnie Plaxico, and drummer Eric Harland.

--- JAZZIZ Magazine Copyright © 2000, Milor Entertainment, Inc. -- From Jazziz


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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A beguiling debut March 20, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I'd recently come across a mention of this disc by Ben Ratliff in the NY Times as the best jazz release of 1999. I was particularly intrigued to discover that Andrew Hill is among Moran's main influences.
Listening to the disc, I think it's an excellent effort, but can't quite bring myself to rate it as highly as Ratliff (my own vote for best jazz disc of 1999, by the way, would have to go to Paul Bley's _Not Two, Not One_). It's a truly beautiful disc, rather cooler in temperature than the Hill influence would suggest. In fact there's perhaps as much Herbie Hancock as Hill in the mix (though the track "Aquanaut" overtly pays tribute to Hill's _Smokestack_ by combining bowed and plucked bass--I assume that unless there's an uncredited extra bassist on the album Lonnie Plaxico has overdubbed the arco). The understatement may appeal more to other listeners than to me; myself, I would like to hear Moran in a more explosive context, say with Ralph Peterson on drums & a more idiosyncratic saxophonist than Osby. There are some pretty stunning moments though: try "Snake Stance" or "Retrograde" for instance. OK, Mr Moran, let's see what your next disc is like....
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great C.D.! February 21, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
This c.d. absolutely moves me.The melodies stay with me constantly, and I find something new and wonderful with each listen.Jason, has his own style which is incredibly challenging yet simple.I put this c.d. on and it grooves from start to finish, it goes down like a cold glass of water on a very hot day! As a jazz fan, I get really excited when I hear young guys playing with so much heart and soul. Keep it up Jason, keep bringing great music like this along with Greg Osby, Stefon Harris, Mark Shim you guys give me hope and put a big smile on my face. THANK YOU!
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It has opened up my ears for REAL jazz. I love it!!! April 16, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
Before listening to Jason play, I was not a jazz fan. He has opened my mind, my ears, and my heart to really appreciate jazz. He is more than talented, he is annointed with a gift. I look forward to what he has coming for us next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A promising recording April 5, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
Upon listening to this CD, i couldn't help but think of how refreshing it was to hear a band form a record so unique. This record embodies many elements of music in general, not just jazz. I would strongly urge any future buyers to listen to the sincerity of the music and how it touches the soul. Wonderful CD.
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