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Since his formidable emergence on the music scene in the late 90s, jazz pianist Jason Moran has proven more than his brilliance as a performer. The Blue Note Records recording artist has established himself as a risk-taker and innovator of new directions for jazz as a whole.

In almost every category that matters—improvisation, composition, group concept, repertoire, technique and experimentation—Moran, and his group The Bandwagon— with bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits— have challenged the status quo, and earned the reputation as “the future of jazz.”

Frequently influenced by the wider world of art as his muse, Moran has found inspiration in edgy 20th century painters like Jean-Michel Basquiat (check out “JAMO Meets SAMO” from Soundtrack to Human Motion, as well as his ongoing series of “Gangsterism” compositions); Egon Schiele (whose painting “Facing Left” provided the eponymous title to Moran's second album); and Robert Rauschenberg, whose chaotic refinement inspired Moran's third album Black Stars, featuring the legendary Sam Rivers.

Moran is currently preparing for the release of TEN, his 10th anniversary album with The Bandwagon, on June 22, 2010. The trailblazing trio has proven to be one of the most enduring and creative piano trios in jazz today. TEN represents their most assured and focused album to date.

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”Although he has the facility to play with breathtaking fleetness, his uniqueness traces to his refusal to be locked into predictable, bebop-based patterns.” —The Los Angeles Times

“Moran is like no other pianist at work. His improvisations are dynamic, eruptive, keyed to the compositions at hand.” —Village Voice

“When Jason Moran performs with his trio, Bandwagon, these days, he engages in a ritual that befits one of the most independent minds now working in jazz.” —The New York Times

“Of course, countless other jazz musicians have tried to reinvent eras past, including the elliptical 1960s, with varying degrees of success

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Album Supersense by Stephanie Richards

Supersense

Northern Spy
2020

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Album All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller by Jason Moran

All Rise: A Joyful...

Blue Note Records
2014

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Album Ten by Jason Moran

Ten

Blue Note Records
2010

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Album Artist In Residence by Jason Moran

Artist In Residence

Blue Note Records
2006

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Album Same Mother by Jason Moran

Same Mother

Blue Note Records
2004

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Album The Bandwagon by Jason Moran

The Bandwagon

Blue Note Records
2003

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