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Jason Moran & Meshell Ndegeocello to Release Fats Waller Tribute

Collaboration out on Blue Note Sept. 16

Jason Moran
Meshell Ndegeocello
Meshell Ndegeocello, BeanTown Jazz Festival 2013

Pianist Jason Moran and vocalist Meshell Ndegeocello will release a Fats Waller tribute album, All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller, Sept. 16 on Blue Note Records, the company has announced. The album is Moran’s ninth for the label.

In addition to Ndegeocello, the album will also feature vocalist Lisa E. Harris and Moran’s trio the Bandwagon, featuring bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits, as well as drummer Charles Haynes, trumpeter Leron Thomas, trombonist Josh Roseman and saxophonist Steve Lehman.

All Rise, according to a press release, “is the studio culmination of a project that was born onstage in Harlem as the Fats Waller Dance Party. In 2011-nearly a year after Moran had been named a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur ‘genius’ fellow and around the time he was named Artistic Advisor for Jazz at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC-the NYC performing arts venue Harlem Stage Gatehouse commissioned Moran, a longtime resident of Upper Manhattan, to create a tribute to the Harlem stride master as part of its ‘Harlem Jazz Shrines’ series.”

Track Listing

1. Put Your Hands On It

2. Ain’t Misbehavin’

3. Yacht Club Swing

4. Lulu’s Back In Town

5. Two Sleepy People

6. The Joint Is Jumpin’

7. Honeysuckle Rose

8. Ain’t Nobody’s Business

9. Fats Elegy

10. Handful Of Keys

11. Jitterbug Waltz

12. Sheik Of Araby / I Found a New Baby

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