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Moran, Jason / Artist In Residence
Album:Artist In Residence Collection:Jazz
Artist:Moran, Jason Added:09/2006
Label:Blue Note 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2006-10-01 Pull Date:2006-12-03 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:3 Dec26 Nov19 Nov12 Nov5 Nov29 Oct22 Oct15 Oct

 Recent Airplay
1.Jan 14, 2010:The Machine Stops
Refraction 2
4.Nov 28, 2006:Mood Swings
Cradle Song
2.Sep 18, 2009:No Cover, No Minimum: Monterey Jazz Edition
Lift Every Voice And Sing
5.Nov 21, 2006:Mood Swings
Cradle Song
3.Jul 29, 2008:At the Cafe Bohemian
Break Down
6.Nov 17, 2006:Carrots & Sticks... But Mostly Sticks
Cradle Song

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2006-09-30 
Pianist Moran delivers another set of accessible modern jazz with creative, outside touches. Track 1 is a pop anomaly, while the rest of the CD explores different territories: Strange percussion and backgrounds spice up some otherwise ordinary tracks (6,8); some serious, classical-minded touches appear (2,10); and some tracks just get into wild soloing (3,8). Some of the "outside" attempts don't feel organic, probably an effect of the glossy sheen Blue Note puts on the session, but it's a likeable effort.

1- Snappy hip-hop feel with sampled vocal. Bright, mid/fast
2- Sad song w/operatic vocal, into a restrained jazzy brew
3- Fast, stomping solo over a plodding rhythm
4- Classical piano w/scratchy percussion sounds. Eh.
5- Solo piano tracking a spoken monologue. Slowish, relaxed
6- Lightly chaotic; a music box that's been hacked. Midtempo piano noodlings over rattly percussion
7- Gentle boogie-woogie rolling
8- Led by trumpet, w/weird guitar/percussion. Wacky piano later
9- Gospel/anthemic, starts out simple but gets stormy and big
10- Classical feel, delicate. Mid/slow and mysterious.

Track Listing
1.Break Down 6.Refraction 1
2.Milestone 7.Arizona Landscape
3.Refraction 2 8.Rain
4.Cradle Song 9.Lift Every Voice And Sing
5.Artists Ought To Be Writing 10.He Puts On His Coat And Leaves...