The title of Jason Moran's album comes from a remark made by the pianist's wife, Alicia, who noted that jazz and blues have the same mother.

The title of Jason Moran's album comes from a remark made by the pianist's wife, Alicia, who noted that jazz and blues have the same mother. Moran has built an album on that observation, paying an idiosyncratic tribute to the blues that is most perfectly articulated in his interpretation of Albert King's great tune "I'll Play the Blues for You." With the timely support of guitarist Marvin Sewell, Moran and his rhythm section of Tarus Mateen and Nasheet Waits truly get some blues in their jazz. In the bargain, Moran elaborates his series of "Gangsterism" tunes with a pair of provocative compositions that meld the spirit of free jazz with several blues riffs. He also renders a stirring contemplation of Prokofiev's "The Field of the Dead," featured in the score to Eisenstein's "Alexander Nevsky." Moran possesses one of the most intriguing minds in jazz, and "Same Mother" is the newest star in his rapidly expanding galaxy.—PVV

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