Last night our family saw Jason Moran & the Bandwagon at DazzleJazz. What’s great about the Dazzle Showroom is that kids are allowed to attend the 7 PM shows. We’ve been bringing our daughter here to experience great music for almost all of her 11 years.
Jason and his trio are fantastic – individually and as a team they have an innovative and uniquely melodic style not to mention an energy that shook the house. On three arrangement they incorporated recorded narratives which became part of the composition as if there was a fourth player in the room.
What I liked most about Jason’s piano style was his ability to bring the fun and excitement of early jazz riffs from the Fats Waller days into now and beyond with a groove.
Bassist Tarus Mateen opened up expansive textures with his ability to layout the harmonic structure from the lowest to highest register in less than a blink.
Drummer Nasheet Waits’ dynamic responses were more than just in the moment – his ability to shift from complexity to simple grooves was fascinating to hear and watch.
Check this out – Jason Moran & the Bandwagon – Ringing My Phone