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Jason Moran: Same Mother

Jason Moran

Jason Moran got the title for his new album, Same Mother, from his wife’s comment that jazz and blues share a common mama. That’s true, but they have different daddies.

Like any two half-brothers, jazz and blues are bound by family and divided by rivalry, and the temptation is to paper over those complications by telling one lie (they have nothing in common) or by telling another (they have everything in common). Moran resists that temptation on his new disc, which works the boundary line where the similarities and differences bump up against one another.

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