NPR Tiny Desk Concerts aren’t shy about showcasing jazz musicians. A slew of artists from Ben Williams, The Robert Glasper Experiment, Chick Corea, Christian Scott, Vijay Iyer, Terence Blanchard, Gary Burton, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and many more have offered performances behind NPR’s cameras. While these artists might all have their roots and foundation within a similar idiom, each performance has yielded very different unique experiences for the listeners. The latest in this long list of artists is an intimate duo performance between saxophonist Charles Lloyd and pianist and McArthur Fellow Jason Moran.
Moran, a longtime sideman of Charles Lloyd, joined the latter’s quartet back in 2007. Their latest performance isn’t the first time the pair have teamed up to perform alone together as they released a duo album in 2013, Hagar’s Song. Lloyd and Moran shared three songs with the Tiny Desk audience and it’s easy to see and hear the level of trust and understanding the two masters have developed from their time playing together. It’s also interesting to note how two men — both of whom have achieved unprecedented levels of mastery in their respective instruments — are able to create a plethora of timbres, textures and sounds from two acoustic instruments giving further proof to that old adage, “less is more.” Scroll down to watch Charles Lloyd and Jason Moran tear sh*t up on the latest episode of Tiny Desk Concert.