Jason Moran – Ten

Renowned jazz pianist Jason Moran and his Bandwagon (with bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits) cut one of the best jazz albums of 2010. Ten celebrates a decade of the band working together with an imaginative reinterpretation of Thelonious Monk’s “Crepuscule with Nellie,” a modern approach to composition based on Jimi Hendrix’s infamous technique (“Feedback 2”) and an intriguing incorporation of funk, jazz and hip-hop (“Gangsterism Over Ten Years”). Listening to the trio reminds me of a Vietnamese proverb: “A lone tree cannot make a forest, but three trees gathered together form a high hill.”