Sung's new CD Sungbird (After Albeniz)
with saxophonist Marcus Strickland, bassist Reuben Rogers, drummer Nasheet Waits, and percussionist Samuel Torres, is the long-awaited follow-up to Sung two Fresh Sound/New Talent label recordings, Helenistique and Push.
Sung sterling pianism blends Chopinesque lyricism and Bill Evans improvisational logic with a linear and logical sense of swing on the CD 12 tracks, half of which were composed by the leader. The six selections from Albeniz composition - relude, ango, alaguena, erenata, apricho Catalan, and ncore: Zortzico are intimate solo keyboard conversations between Sung and the composer exotic Basque, fandango, flamenco, and Gypsy-dance/ballad genres. The rest of the tracks were composed by Sung: reamble is a John Coltrane rescent coded piece that introduces the bouncy, Ahmad Jamal oinciana pulsed, hall We Tango? alaguena Miniatura and ree Fusion are New World/Latin jazzed numbers, and Sung ree Fusion is laced with two-fisted, Lennie Tristano style runs. apricho American evolves from a hymnal aura into down-home spiritual syncopations.
HELEN SUNG GROUP
Helen Sung - piano
John Ellis - saxophones
Matt Parrish - bass
Kendrick Scott - Drums
November 15, 2007
Starting @ 9
Chris' Jazz Cafe
1421 Sansom St
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