Ten (Jason Moran album)

Ten is the eighth album by American pianist and composer Jason Moran, celebrating a decade of his trio The Bandwagon, which was released on the Blue Note label in 2010.[1][2]

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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 22, 2010 (2010-06-22)
StudioAvatar Studios, New York City, NY
LabelBlue Note
ProducerJason Moran
Jason Moran chronology
Artist in Residence
All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic     [3]
All About Jazz     [4]
The Guardian     [5]
PopMatters          [6]

The AllMusic review by Matt Collar said it "features more of the jazz pianist's smart and forward-thinking jazz" and that "Moran reveals himself once again to be a nimble improviser with an ear toward atmospheric and often fractured hypnotic post-bop jazz".[3]

All About Jazz stated, "The piano trio is a mainstay in the jazz tradition, and here the Bandwagon does a characteristically great job of being firmly in that tradition while also blazing a new trail … A sense of joy is evident in every note the group plays. Let's hope we get another 10 years, and see where they take the Bandwagon next".[4]

In The Guardian, John Fordham called it "a balanced, varied, and very rewarding set" and wrote "This album has no guiding concept beyond his long-acquainted virtuoso trio's powers to listen and play together. It's also about how traditionally bluesy or gospel-rooted themes can be led through a contemporary world of probing, busily improvised bass counterpoint, bumpy street-groove rhythms and the occasional sampled effect".[5]

The PopMatters review by Justin Cober-Lake called it "one of the year’s best releases" and observed "the versatility wouldn’t be remarkable if the trio wasn’t so successful in every venture. Since they are, Ten coheres as a remarkable unit, embracing an array of styles and eras of influence into something uniquely compelling".[6]

Track listingEdit

All compositions by Jason Moran except where noted

  1. "Blue Blocks" – 4:36
  2. "RFK in the Land of Apartheid" – 4:10
  3. "Feedback Pt. 2" – 4:54
  4. "Crespuscule with Nellie" (Thelonious Monk) – 5:58
  5. "Study No. 6" (Conlon Nancarrow) – 3:17
  6. "Pas De Deux - Lines Ballet" – 3:31
  7. "Study No. 6" (Nancarrow) – 4:04
  8. "Gangsterism Over 10 Years" – 6:56
  9. "Big Stuff" (Leonard Bernstein) – 5:17
  10. "Play to Live" (Andrew Hill, Jason Moran) – 4:21
  11. "The Subtle One" (Tarus Mateen) – 5:35
  12. "To Bob Vatel of Paris" (Jaki Byard) – 6:06
  13. "Old Babies" – 5:56



  1. ^ Blue Note: album details accessed June 8, 2018
  2. ^ Jazzdisco: Jason Moran catalog accessed June 8, 2018
  3. ^ a b Collar, Matt. Jason Moran – Ten > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Carey, William. "Jason Moran: Ten". Musical reviews. All About Jazz. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Fordham, J. The Guardian Review accessed June 8, 2018
  6. ^ a b Layman, W. PopMatters Review accessed June 8, 2018