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Tuesday April 09, 2019

From The Boston Globe

Soaring jazz from Jason Moran’s BANGS trio at Sanders Theatre
By: Bill Beuttler

The Jason Moran set that World Music/CRASHarts brought to Sanders Theatre Sunday night, BANGS featuring guitarist Mary Halvorson and cornetist Ron Miles, was a rare live performance of what might be called chamber jazz from a 2017 Moran album of that name. And though no drums were involved, the music – mixing language drawn from traditional and avant-garde jazz and contemporary classical – went over with, yes, a bang.

[…] Miles’s “My Father’s House” came up early, its memorably old-timey melody inspiring Moran to migrate from stride-inflected simplicity to flurries of notes, his hands racing in opposite directions simultaneously as his solo reached its climax. Miles’s “Cupid,” arranged for the concert to flow out of a piece drawn from Moran’s collaborations with visual artist Joan Jonas (“They Come to Us Theme”), was, similarly, deceptively simple. Both Miles pieces called to mind a Charles Mingus quote about how making the complicated simple is far harder than its opposite, and a good definition of creativity. “Cupid” sounded so familiar it was as if it has existed forever, and that Miles had simply reached up to where its namesake dwells and tugged it down to Earth for human enjoyment.

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