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Jason Moran Leaks Info on Upcoming CD

You may not have even had a chance to take the wrapper off your fresh new copy of The Bandwagon but pianist and September 2003 JT cover boy Jason Moran (pictured) has already set his sights on a new record.

A proper, studio-recorded follow-up to 2002’s acclaimed collection of solo piano arrangements Modernistic, Moran revealed that his next album is scheduled to feature his unique interpretations of the blues.

Though he assures that the album will be similar in scope to his earlier work, again drawing on a multitude of different influences to create his unique sound, the next record will see Moran tackling an assortment of different blues styles, ranging from the Delta blues, rollicking John Lee Hooker blues and hard-driving Albert King blues.

Moran sees it as a natural progression, crediting the forthcoming album’s direction to his newfound fascination with prison songs.

“Certain songs I listen to have an aesthetic that I attribute to the blues,” he said. “What got me thinking about this was listening to these records of field calls and guys on the chain gangs. I felt what they had was very real. I would never be able to imitate it but the effect it had on me musically was something I wanted to share.”

No release date for the album has been confirmed, but expect the album to drop sometime late next year.

Also on the Moran front, the pianist will return to the U.S. for some more gigs starting in early December that will include a string of late January performances at New York City’s Village Vanguard, where The Bandwagon was recorded.

Tour dates:

12/6/03 • Washington D.C. • Kennedy Center

12/8/03 • New York, NY • Merkin Hall

1/22/04 • New York, NY • IAJE Convention

1/24/04 • Princeton, NJ • The McCarter Theater

1/27/04 – 2/1/04 • New York, NY • Village Vanguard

2/5/04 • Boston, MA • Scullers

2/6/04 • Philadelphia, PA • Philadelphia Museum of Art

2/24/04-2/28/04 • Syracuse, NY • Various school workshops

2/28/04 • Traverse City, MI • Dennos Museum Center

4/9/04 • San Francisco, CA • SF Jazz Festival

4/28/04 • Benton Harbor, MI • Irving S. Filmore INTL Keyboard Fest

4/29/04 • Battle Creek, MI • Irving S. Filmore INTL Keyboard Fest

4/30/04 • Grand Rapids, MI • Irving S. Filmore INTL Keyboard Fest

To learn more about Jason Moran visit There you can find extensive interviews, a comprehensive bio and mp3 audio from all of his critically acclaimed albums available to download. The mp3 section even includes the uncut version of the intro track to The Bandwagon in all its sampling glory.

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