Facing Left

Facing Left is the second album led by American pianist and composer Jason Moran which was recorded in 2000 and released on the Blue Note label.[1][2]

Facing Left
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 27, 2000
RecordedJanuary 15 & 16, 2000
StudioSystems Two, Brooklyn, NY
LabelBlue Note
ProducerGreg Osby for Oztone Productions
Jason Moran chronology
Soundtrack to Human Motion
Facing Left
Black Stars


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic     [3]

The AllMusic review by David R. Adler said "It's no easy task following up a brilliant debut like Soundtrack to Human Motion, but pianist Jason Moran does admirably well with this effort".[3]

All About Jazz reviewer Jim Santella said, "Jason Moran has sidestepped the critics with his modern mainstream approach that blends in elements from all over the spectrum ... Moran’s second album ignores the critics. Rather than display lingering, romantic melodies on his sleeve, the pianist has chosen to continue with what he does best. Like his early influence Thelonious Monk and his teachers Jaki Byard & Richard Muhal Abrams, Jason Moran applies a considerable amount of energy to each piece. That force tends to weave several lines at once, while involving his bassist and drummer in every aspect. Together, they explore and come up with unpredictable displays every time".[4]

In JazzTimes, Peter Margasak wrote "it’s impossible not to view him as one of the most striking originals to emerge in jazz in years. With rare technical assurance and a bold sense of vision, Moran has made a record for the ages".[5]

Track listingEdit

All compositions by Jason Moran except where noted

  1. "Later" (Duke Ellington) – 5:45
  2. "Thief Without Loot" – 2:44
  3. "Jóga" (Björk, Sjón) – 6:01
  4. "Wig Wise" (Ellington) – 3:24
  5. "Yojimbo" (Motaru Sato) – 3:15
  6. "Another One" (Tarus Mateen) – 5:38
  7. "Lies Are Sold" – 5:10
  8. "Murder of Don Fanucci" (Carmine Coppola) – 4:04
  9. "Twelve" (Jaki Byard) – 5:53
  10. "Three of the Same from Two Different" – 1:47
  11. "Fragment of a Necklace" – 5:41
  12. "Battle of the Cattle Acts" – 3:03
  13. "Gangsterism on Wood" – 4:24



  1. ^ Blue Note: album details accessed June 7, 2018
  2. ^ Jazzdisco: Jason Moran catalog accessed June 7, 2018
  3. ^ a b Adler, David R.. Jason Moran – Facing Left > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  4. ^ Santella, Jim. "Jason Moran: Facing Left". Musical reviews. All About Jazz. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  5. ^ Margasak, P. JazzTimes Review accessed June 7, 2018