4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Jason Moran & The Bandwagon live at TSRI

Moran, bassist Tarus Mateen and especially drummer Nasheet Waits laid it down.

The May 8 Athenaeum Jazz concert featuring Jason Moran & The Bandwagon was a fascinating conceptual affair that's reach occasionally exceeded its grasp -- even though there were plenty of bright moments.

Using his i-pod to play transitional material from one piece to the next, Moran offered recorded examples heavy on Fats Waller with some Billie Holiday thrown in for good measure.

Moran walked around the stage, ringing two large bells to begin the concert over rumbling bass and skittish drums, arriving at the piano for a brief rubato before lighting on a churchy groove for an elliptical, repetitious "Honeysuckle Rose."

Pre-recorded sounds of music and conversation birthed an astonishing solo feature for drummer Nasheet Waits, who built snare drum cadences into an ecstatic climax that signaled the rest of the group to begin "Foot Under Foot," whereupon Moran the pianist, finally let loose with double-fisted hammering and long streams of melody.

On the next tune, Moran displayed some Jaki Byard chops with ebullient, broken stride fragments that included brilliant runs that raced toward thunderous explosions in the bass.

Monk's "Crepuscule With Nellie," came off in a bluesy, almost Horace Silver fashion, allowing Moran to showcase his lyrical touch and uncanny dynamic control. Bassist Tarus Mateen, playing a hybrid fretless instrument, wailed away in synchrony with his voice two octaves higher for an impressive solo -- but, this needs to be said: Mateen's instrument was horrible in general. It was hard to hear, and when it was audible, it had all of the sustain, nuance and timbre detail of a poorly amplified ukulele.

The highlight of the evening for me came in the second set with a heavy backbeat version of "Jitterbug Waltz," transformed into a gritty funk that had everyone hitting on all cylinders.

Photo by Michael Klayman

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Laird Hamilton’s revolutionary idea: stand-up paddling surfboards

“The thing is, most of the time, San Diego waves are gutless. With paddle boards? That’s no problem.”
Next Article

The return of the day of the Locust

Breaking out the bug suits one more time

The May 8 Athenaeum Jazz concert featuring Jason Moran & The Bandwagon was a fascinating conceptual affair that's reach occasionally exceeded its grasp -- even though there were plenty of bright moments.

Using his i-pod to play transitional material from one piece to the next, Moran offered recorded examples heavy on Fats Waller with some Billie Holiday thrown in for good measure.

Moran walked around the stage, ringing two large bells to begin the concert over rumbling bass and skittish drums, arriving at the piano for a brief rubato before lighting on a churchy groove for an elliptical, repetitious "Honeysuckle Rose."

Pre-recorded sounds of music and conversation birthed an astonishing solo feature for drummer Nasheet Waits, who built snare drum cadences into an ecstatic climax that signaled the rest of the group to begin "Foot Under Foot," whereupon Moran the pianist, finally let loose with double-fisted hammering and long streams of melody.

On the next tune, Moran displayed some Jaki Byard chops with ebullient, broken stride fragments that included brilliant runs that raced toward thunderous explosions in the bass.

Monk's "Crepuscule With Nellie," came off in a bluesy, almost Horace Silver fashion, allowing Moran to showcase his lyrical touch and uncanny dynamic control. Bassist Tarus Mateen, playing a hybrid fretless instrument, wailed away in synchrony with his voice two octaves higher for an impressive solo -- but, this needs to be said: Mateen's instrument was horrible in general. It was hard to hear, and when it was audible, it had all of the sustain, nuance and timbre detail of a poorly amplified ukulele.

The highlight of the evening for me came in the second set with a heavy backbeat version of "Jitterbug Waltz," transformed into a gritty funk that had everyone hitting on all cylinders.

Photo by Michael Klayman

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Drinks All Around — Bartenders' drink recipes Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories Fishing Report — What’s getting hooked from ship and shore From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Outdoors — Weekly changes in flora and fauna Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Street Style — San Diego streets have style Surf Diego — Real stories from those braving the waves Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close