Jason Moran/Larry Grenadier/Richard Davis/Jeff Ballard
Tuesday, Aug 05, 2008 8:00 PM PDT
Stanford University Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Palo Alto, CA
"Moran's music swells and swarms unpredictably, skittering here, accelerating there, embroidering a composition by Brahms or Prokofiev, easing into a head-nodding rhythmic groove, or meditating on a pop standard such as "Moon River" or a riff borrowed from Bronx hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa." --Smithsonian Magazine
An avant-garde masterpiece from the 1960's will get a fresh treatment from some of today's most adventurous jazz mavericks when Jason Moran presents his re-interpretation of Andrew Hill's seminal album Smokestack. Moran is an exciting pianist who carries on the legacy of innovators like Jaki Byard, Hill, and Muhal Richard Abrams. The Houston, Texas native has earned a reputation as a fearless experimenter who brings together disparate influences with dazzling, unpredictable results. He has worked with visionaries like Lee Konitz, Greg Osby, Steve Coleman, and Von Freeman. For his Stanford performance, Moran will lead a band featuring drummer Jeff Ballard and bassists Larry Grenadier and Richard Davis through a re-examination of the music from Andrew Hill's 1963 album Smokestack. Hill's mysterious, abstract compositions define their own unique territory between post-bop and free jazz, combining contemporary harmonies with a rich palette of unconventional sounds and techniques. Richard Davis, whose performance on the original Smokestack re-imagined the role of the bass 45 years ago, will provide the bridge from the past to the future.