Her hook-up with Jason Moran has become something unique: You don’t see many violin/piano front lines these days. Insiders know that they’re both agents provocateurs, improvisers who don’t let one nuance go by without considering its pliability. Scheinman has been writing fiddle tunes during the last few months.Wonder if any of their melodic esprit will find its way into the book?
Jason Moran walked away with “Best Pianist,” “Jazz Album of the Year,” and “Artist of the Year,” in DownBeat’s annual critics’ poll. Here are some of the results. Nice to see Sunnyside Records waltzing away with the “Label of the Year” award. Hit Mog for a listen to Moran’s 10 (Blue Note). Read Kelvin for some insights into the album. Jump to DB for the rest of the list.
59th ANNUAL DOWNBEAT CRITICS POLL WINNERS
Hall Of Fame: Abbey Lincoln Veterans Committee Hall Of Fame: Paul Chambers Jazz Artist Of The Year: Jason Moran Jazz Album Of The Year: Jason Moran, 10 (Blue Note) Historical Release: Duke Ellington, The Complete 1932-1940 Brunswick, Columbia And Master Recordings Of Duke Ellington And His Famous Orchestra (Mosaic) Blues Album Of The Year: Pinetop Perkins/Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Joined At The Hip (Telarc) Beyond Album Of The Year: Lizz Wright, Fellowship (Verve Forecast) Big Band: Maria Schneider Orchestra Jazz Group: Joe Lovano Us Five Soprano Saxophone: Dave Liebman Alto Saxophone: Rudresh Mahanthappa Tenor Saxophone: Sonny Rollins Baritone Saxophone: Gary Smulyan Trumpet: Dave Douglas Trombone: Steve Turre Clarinet: Anat Cohen Flute: Nicole Mitchell Drums: Paul Motian Percussion: Cyro Baptista Vibes: Bobby Hutcherson Violin: Regina Carter Acoustic Bass: Dave Holland Electric Bass: Christian McBride Guitar: Bill Frisell Piano: Jason Moran Organ: Dr. Lonnie Smith Electric Keyboard: Craig Taborn Miscellaneous Instrument: Béla Fleck (banjo) Male Vocalist: Kurt Elling Female Vocalist: Cassandra Wilson Composer: Maria Schneider Arranger: Maria Schneider Producer: Michael Cuscuna Record Label: Sunnyside Blues Artist/Group: Buddy Guy Beyond Artist/Group: Carolina Chocolate Drops
The summer always fades away on a strong note for jazz buffs in proximity of NYC. At the annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, audiences uptown and down think of Bird and absorb inter-generational programs that illustrate how far the music’s come. This year the whomp of McCoy Tyner’s piano, the whisper of Jimmy Scott’s vocals, and the wiles of Jason Moran’s Bandwagon interplay (Nasheet Waits!!) mark the Harlem happening. On the Loisaida, the designated veteran is the ingenious James Moody (check “Along Came Betty” from that 4B joint), the riveting Vijay Iyer Trio (kinetics as swing, lyricism as raison d’etre), the seductive Catherine Russell (who gets extra points for informality masking depth), and the never-not-fierce JD Allen Trio (they recently stood a Newport audience on its head). The whole thing is free, too.
Saturday, August 28: Marcus Garvey Park Mount Morris Park West between 121st and 123rd streets.
Sunday, August 29: Tompkins Square Park 500 East 9th Street.
3 pm both days. 212-360-2777
Nels Cline, Dirty Baby (Crytogramophone)
Avishai Cohen, Tirveni (Anzic)
Tom T. Hall, Places I’ve Done Time (Universal)
Mike Pride’s From Bacteria To Boys, Betweenwhile (AUM)
Nicholas Urie, Excerpts from An Online Dating Service (Red Piano)