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A Door


  • Schlüssel: ORIGIN82716
  • den Hersteller: Origin Records (USA)
  • Preis: 59,99 zł
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Modern Jazz / Indie Jazz
premiera polska:
2017-04-18,
Wydawnicto Audiofilskie

kontynent: Ameryka Północna
kraj: USA
opakowanie: digipackowe etui
opis:

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Jazzowe supergrupy rzadko przynoszą coś wyjątkowego, częściej bywają podobne do fajerwerków, po których pozostaje wyłącznie swąd spalenizny.
Debiutancka płyta południowokoreańskiego kontrabasisty Joonsama Lee w gwiazdorskiej obsadzie, to pozycja z innego świata. Zaproszeni do udziału w sesji nagraniowej muzycy, prezentują często odmienny i subiektywny typ jazzowej wypowiedzi. Pianista Aaron Parks, na co dzień współpracujący z Joshuą Redmanem w formacji James Farm, ale też z Terrencem Blanchardem, Kurtem Rosenwinkelem, Francesco Cafiso, Andersem Christiansenem, Dayna Stephensem, Christianem Scottem, Gretchen Parlato czy Ambrose'm Akinmusire to muzyk, którego nikomu nie trzeba przedstawiać. Podobnie rzecz się ma z trębaczem Ralphem Alessim, współpracownikiem Steve'a Colemana, Uri Caine'a, Dona Byrona, Sama Riversa, Freda Herscha, czy Tima Berne'a. W dwóch utworach usłyszymy gitarzystę Bena Mondera, mistrza faktury oraz nieoczywistych harmonii, członka ostatniego zespołu Paula Motiana, współpracownika Andrew Cyrilla. Doskonale zgrana sekcja z liderem na kontrabasie i Nate'm Woodem za perkusją, z którym Joonsam współpracuje od 2007 roku, kiedy to przeprowadził się do Nowego Jorku, stanowi mocny fundament formacji.
Mamy do czynienia z instrumentalna obsadą, w której spotkają się osobowości wyraziste i na tyle od siebie odmienne, że są w stanie współgrać ze sobą, nie tracąc na rozpoznawalności i indywidualnym charakterze.

Detal, orientalny ornament, nieoczywista struktura znalazły się w centrum uwagi Joonsama - kompozytora. To on jest autorem całości materiału na płycie, trzeba przyznać imponującego. Wokaliza Yeahwon Shin w "Love Trauma", czy partie bambusowego fletu ChungEun Hana w "Doraji the Flower" uczą zachodniego słuchacza pokory w refleksji. W ogóle południowokoreański kontrabasista inspiruje swoją erudycją, prezentuje oryginalne spojrzenie na historię muzyki, a jazzu w szczególności. Być może dzięki tej indywidualnej optyce, jego kompozycje, swoją subtelną harmonią poruszają u odbiorcy pokłady pozytywnych emocji. W zasadzie nie ma chwili, w której słuchacz doznałby nudy. A środki muzyczne, choć pozostające raczej w tradycyjnych możliwościach instrumentów, są tak wykorzystywane, że wciąż jesteśmy zaskakiwani takim, a nie innym prowadzeniem narracji.

Płyta "A Door" dzięki szlachetnej prostocie, kompetencji instrumentalistów i odmiennej perspektywie lidera, który z umiarem prezentuje swój instrumentalny kunszt, wpuszcza sporą dawkę świeżego powietrza w jazzową formę.
autor: Mateusz Matyjak
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Editor's info:
For his debut as a leader, South Korean bassist Joonsam Lee gathered compositions he had written since moving to New York City in 2007 that refected the wide-range of musical situations he's experienced, from concerts with his own trio to symphony performances, international tours, and working the clubs of New York. With a supple trio as the foundation - featuring Aaron Parks on piano and drummer Nate Wood - Joonsam adds the voices of Ralph Alessi on trumpet, guitarist Ben Monder, and various other instruments to fill out inspired arrangements for an engaging and far-flung set of music.

Downbeat:
Perfect for a rainy day inside, bandleader and bassist Joonsam's debut album, A Door, is an eclectic offering that documents the musician's past experiences in New York City. A classically trained bassist from Seoul, South Korea, Joonsam has lived in the city for nine years, having played various settings there. On his latest effort, he absorbs and expands upon the intricacies of each.

There's a strong emphasis on orchestration - each of the compositions pulls you in soon after the piece begins. It's easy to hear the influence of symphonic music and Korean folk songs in Joonsam's playing, but he still allows each tune to feel loose, organic and distinct.

While this album is primarily a trio project, the bassist experiments with the texture of the program by varying the instrumentation. Ralph Alessi's trumpet playing is featured on several songs, and Ben Monder plays energetic guitar on two tracks, but the trio is joined by slightly more uncommon voices on three other tracks. "Love Trauma" features airy and wordless vocals from Yeahwon Shin, and earlier on the album, a clear-toned harmonica is played by Yvonnick Prene, establishing a breezy, laidback feel.

The most unexpected voice is the bamboo flute played by Chung Eun Han on "Doraji The Flower," the only piece not composed by Joonsam (it's a traditional song from Korea). Yet despite its unconventional instrumentation, the song's folk origins help it blend seamlessly with the other simple, nostalgic melodies on this disc.

With poise and grace, Joonsam and his ensemble create free-flowing music that will cause you to reflect on your own recent memories, painting pictures that will make your heart full. They might not be similar to the New York experiences Joonsam had when composing, but this music translates effortlessly, catering to listeners and their experiences.
By Izzy Yellin

JazzTimes:
It's hard to improve on a trio that features Aaron Parks on piano and Nate Woods on drums but, when bassist Joonsam Lee was ready to release his debut album as a leader, he beefed up an already formidable line-up by adding Ralph Alessi on trumpet, Yvonnick Prene on harmonica, Ben Monder on guitar, and the fascinating additions of Yeahwon Shin on vocals and Chungeun Han on the bamboo flute. The trio, however, remains the core.

Released on Origin Records, "A Door" (Origin 82716) is a collection of compositions written by Joonsam - with one exception - from 2007 onward. This trio is the perfect format with the enhancement of the guest artists.

Joonsam's own repeating bass note introduces "Whirlwind" as Parks' piano and Alessi's trumpet add the melody while Joonsam and Wood get a target-lock on the grove. Of course, Aaron Parks commands attention in any situation but Joonsam and Wood form the great triad that is a delight to hear.

Ralph Alessi's trumpet serves as the lightning in this whirlwind as the rhythm section works the vortex. A long pause is the eye of the storm until bass, piano and drums begin again. High energy here. Pay attention to Nate Wood's closing patterns. "Zadrak" follows with guitarist Ben Monder joining. The hook grabs you from the beginning. The piano melody is captivating and Joonsam's bass line is fascinating. I again found myself digging Wood's rhythmic choices and was thrilled to experience this trio. Ben Monder's guitar work is subdued and flows extremely well with the song. The break fuses the trio together and sets up a gorgeous guitar lead. Good God, ya'll.

"Boa Noite" is a splendid piece. The trio sets up the warm movement and is joined by the talented and soulful harmonica of Yvonnick Prene. Prene never disappoints and his light touch is perfect here.

Also light in touch is Parks, who is a soulful as you could wish. Joonsam and Wood work a slow swing that brings Parks and Prene back together in exquisite harmony. Love this.

"23451" is a 54-second excursion from the trio and Ralph Alessi. Listen to it until you get it. You'll get it.

"2 Tunes and Off-hour Waiting Area" starts with a heavy groove from the trio and it is some fine stuff. Alessi adds his trumpet for the melody as the trio works the groove. The piece is a well-written number and Joonsam deserves recognition for his composing as much as his performing. Parks solos at mid-point and brings real life and emotion. His melodic turns with Alessi are splendid stuff. Even Alessi joins the rhythm to close the song.

Yeahwon Shin adds her lovely vocals to "Love Trauma." There are no lyrics but the meaning is perfectly clear in her intonation and delicacy. The piano adds a melancholy that sharpens the vocals. The song is painful and beautiful. The understated rhythm allows full exposure of the melody and harmonies. It is sweet. It is sad. It doesn't leave you.

Ralph Alessi's muted trumpet returns for "Ice Skate." It is a well-painted image of gliding and spinning with a carefree feel in the repetition of the rhythm and piano lines as the trumpet gets expression in a light-hearted romp.
"23452" is a return to the trio plus Alessi in tonal excursion.

"Doraji the Flower" is a traditional song of Korea. Chung Eun Han adds his bamboo flute in the piece that is completely Korean. It is far different from western melodies and is even distinguishable from Chinese and Japanese tradition. The trio is in fine support of Han's flute who carries the melody exquisitely. Parks performs beautifully with and without Han. Together, they are absorbing.

Joonsam and Wood play the rhythm so languidly and - dare I say - lovingly. It is reverent and warm. Rapturous.

"Where the Water Comes Together with Other Water" is the longest piece on the album. The drip-dropping of the piano creates the image as Monder's guitar fashions rivulets flowing toward unity with the piano. Joonsam rolls the bass lines along in ever-widening streams.

The song then breaks into open expressions from the trio until Monder returns on guitar. I find myself intrigued and captured by the way Joonsam writes. As familiar with Western music as an Easterner may be, there is a cultural, musical heritage that invigorates and informs Eastern music that Westerners do not possess. This is part of the beauty of musicians coming together and hearing Eastern themes with Western rhythms and touches.

The album closes with "Airport Music." It is only the trio of Joonsam, Parks and Wood that take us home. Fitting.

The melody and rhythm seem tired, maybe exhausted, from the travel and the touring. Not even a walking pace, the rhythm intentionally drags and cannot wait to get home. The melody is a loving reminder of what has been experienced and what will come again as the sounds of the airport crowd opens and closes the tune.

Joonsam indeed takes us through "A Door" in his debut release. Full of warm affection and bright imagery, the music is a revelation of who Joonsam is and what the world looks like through his eyes and what it sounds like through his ears. It is a world of fragile beauty and tender moments to be expressed vividly and with passion.
It's hard to improve on a trio that features Aaron Parks on piano and Nate Woods on drums but, when bassist Joonsam Lee was ready to release his debut album as a leader, he beefed up an already formidable line-up by adding Ralph Alessi on trumpet, Yvonnick Prene on harmonica, Ben Monder on guitar, and the fascinating additions of Yeahwon Shin on vocals and Chungeun Han on the bamboo flute. The trio, however, remains the core.

Released on Origin Records, "A Door" (Origin 82716) is a collection of compositions written by Joonsam - with one exception - from 2007 onward. This trio is the perfect format with the enhancement of the guest artists.

Joonsam's own repeating bass note introduces "Whirlwind" as Parks' piano and Alessi's trumpet add the melody while Joonsam and Wood get a target-lock on the grove. Of course, Aaron Parks commands attention in any situation but Joonsam and Wood form the great triad that is a delight to hear.

Ralph Alessi's trumpet serves as the lightning in this whirlwind as the rhythm section works the vortex. A long pause is the eye of the storm until bass, piano and drums begin again. High energy here. Pay attention to Nate Wood's closing patterns. "Zadrak" follows with guitarist Ben Monder joining. The hook grabs you from the beginning. The piano melody is captivating and Joonsam's bass line is fascinating. I again found myself digging Wood's rhythmic choices and was thrilled to experience this trio. Ben Monder's guitar work is subdued and flows extremely well with the song. The break fuses the trio together and sets up a gorgeous guitar lead. Good God, ya'll.

"Boa Noite" is a splendid piece. The trio sets up the warm movement and is joined by the talented and soulful harmonica of Yvonnick Prene. Prene never disappoints and his light touch is perfect here.

Also light in touch is Parks, who is a soulful as you could wish. Joonsam and Wood work a slow swing that brings Parks and Prene back together in exquisite harmony. Love this.

"23451" is a 54-second excursion from the trio and Ralph Alessi. Listen to it until you get it. You'll get it.

"2 Tunes and Off-hour Waiting Area" starts with a heavy groove from the trio and it is some fine stuff. Alessi adds his trumpet for the melody as the trio works the groove. The piece is a well-written number and Joonsam deserves recognition for his composing as much as his performing. Parks solos at mid-point and brings real life and emotion. His melodic turns with Alessi are splendid stuff. Even Alessi joins the rhythm to close the song.

Yeahwon Shin adds her lovely vocals to "Love Trauma." There are no lyrics but the meaning is perfectly clear in her intonation and delicacy. The piano adds a melancholy that sharpens the vocals. The song is painful and beautiful. The understated rhythm allows full exposure of the melody and harmonies. It is sweet. It is sad. It doesn't leave you.

Ralph Alessi's muted trumpet returns for "Ice Skate." It is a well-painted image of gliding and spinning with a carefree feel in the repetition of the rhythm and piano lines as the trumpet gets expression in a light-hearted romp.
"23452" is a return to the trio plus Alessi in tonal excursion.

"Doraji the Flower" is a traditional song of Korea. Chung Eun Han adds his bamboo flute in the piece that is completely Korean. It is far different from western melodies and is even distinguishable from Chinese and Japanese tradition. The trio is in fine support of Han's flute who carries the melody exquisitely. Parks performs beautifully with and without Han. Together, they are absorbing.

Joonsam and Wood play the rhythm so languidly and - dare I say - lovingly. It is reverent and warm. Rapturous.

"Where the Water Comes Together with Other Water" is the longest piece on the album. The drip-dropping of the piano creates the image as Monder's guitar fashions rivulets flowing toward unity with the piano. Joonsam rolls the bass lines along in ever-widening streams.

The song then breaks into open expressions from the trio until Monder returns on guitar. I find myself intrigued and captured by the way Joonsam writes. As familiar with Western music as an Easterner may be, there is a cultural, musical heritage that invigorates and informs Eastern music that Westerners do not possess. This is part of the beauty of musicians coming together and hearing Eastern themes with Western rhythms and touches.

The album closes with "Airport Music." It is only the trio of Joonsam, Parks and Wood that take us home. Fitting.

The melody and rhythm seem tired, maybe exhausted, from the travel and the touring. Not even a walking pace, the rhythm intentionally drags and cannot wait to get home. The melody is a loving reminder of what has been experienced and what will come again as the sounds of the airport crowd opens and closes the tune.

Joonsam indeed takes us through "A Door" in his debut release. Full of warm affection and bright imagery, the music is a revelation of who Joonsam is and what the world looks like through his eyes and what it sounds like through his ears. It is a world of fragile beauty and tender moments to be expressed vividly and with passion.
by Travis Rogers, jr.

Jazz Weekly:
Joonsam is a bassist that brings together a wide palate of sounds and colors. The core trio with Aaron Parks/p and Nate Woods/dr are augmented by a rotating team of Ralph Alessi/tp, Ben Monder/g, and a handful of cameos. Wood rocks hard with Monder's guitar on "Zadrak" and the trio rustles to Alessi's horn on "Whirlwind." Reflective and quiet, "Love Trauma" is enhanced by Yeahwon Shin's vocals" and Chung Eun Han's bamboo flute reflects like a poi pond on "Doraji The Flower." Joonsam knows how to develop a deep groove as he displays his wares on the hip "2 Tunes" and he creates sepia tones with Parks on "Where Water Comes Together With Other Waters." Rich textures abound.
by George W. Harris

muzycy:
Joonsam Lee - Bass
Aaron Parks - Piano
Nate Wood - Drums
Ralph Alessi - Trumpet (1,4,5,7,8)
Ben Monder - Guitar (2,10)
Yeahwon Shin - Vocal (6)
Yvonnick Prene - Harmonica (3)
ChungEun Han - Bamboo Flute (9)

utwory:
1. Whirlwind 6:44
2. Zadrak 6:35
3. Boa Noite 5:07
4. 23451 0:54
5. 2 Tunes and Off-Hour Waiting Area 4:57
6. Love Trauma 5:20
7. Ice Skate 4:29
8. 23452 0:38
9. Doraji the Flower 5:56
10. Where Water Comes Together With Other Water 7:54
11. Airport Music 4:20

total time - 52:49
wydano: 2016-09
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