Before we head off to the mid-century modern capital; Palm Springs, I thought I’d pick an appropriate IHS for the weekend.
Earlier this year, Moran, and his trio The Bandwagon, dropped their newest album; “Ten.” I’ve been listening to it non-stop since I got it. Just like all of The Bandwagon’s music, it balances avant-garde with consonant blues, hip-hop beats with Thelonious Monk.
My newest favorite cut off of the album is “Feedback Pt. 2” where Moran, Tarus Mateen (Bass) and Nasheet Waits (Drums) use loops of Jimi Hendrix’ feedback as a starting point for a song. The song builds from an open set of chords into a melody that is comforting and in contrast with the feedback loop. The song keeps moving along until a climax where you wonder if the whole thing is going to fall apart. Just then, The Bandwagon brings it back home.
Moran has done things like this before—sampling Turkish phone conversations, playing Afrikaa Bambaataa; not exactly what you’d expect from a “jazz trio”, but never forcing the issue as a gimmick.
How does this relate to Palm Springs and mid-century modern?
Moran likes design. He mentions over and over again in interviews his interest in such matters. So much so that he performs in a chair specifically built for him by Danish designer Suzanne Forsgreen.
Oh yeah, he’s also a genius.