Saturday, November 18, 2006

There's a very interesting essay on Bagatellen by Marc Medwin called Moran in Monkian Terms: "I've heard everything from Herbie Nichols to Bill Evans in the 31-year-old Moran's playing and trio deployment, not to mention the merging of even more disparate forces like James P. Johnson and Cecil Taylor, coloring each moment on Moran's seven Blue Note records with a different and boldly effective hew. Furthermore, he's made all that influence apparent without resorting to heavy-handed reference. His work is never encyclopedic for its own sake; it exudes pride in the broadest interpretations of music as witnessed by the early 21st century."