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Son, Sungjae / Near East Quartet
Album:Near East Quartet Collection:Jazz
Artist:Son, Sungjae Added:Sep 2018
Label:Ecm Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2018-09-30 Pull Date:2018-12-02 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:Dec 2Nov 4Oct 14Oct 7

 Recent Airplay
1.Dec 01, 2018:Music Casserole
3.Oct 11, 2018:No Cover, No Minimum
2.Nov 02, 2018:Old fart At play
4.Oct 04, 2018:Butter and Jams

Album Review
Tom McCarter
Reviewed 2018-09-26 
Reviewed: 2018-09-26
Genre: Jazz
FCCs: none
Review: The Near East Quartet has been a force in Korean music since 2010, juxtaposing elements of contemporary jazz and traditional Korean music with pure sound exploration to create new forms. An interesting trio of sax/guitar/ drums augmented by pansori singer who uses her voice like a fourth instrument. On their ECM debut, they perform 5 originals & and three Korean traditionals.
If You Like: Bill Frisell, Jan Garbarek,
Track Review (favorites denoted by *):
*1/ Ewha (3:28) – drums start> midtempo space jam> builds in volume & fades
*2/ Mot (6:10) -guitar starts, slow & quiet > slow jam with ethereal vocals> slow fade
3/ Baram (4:31) – guitar/clarinet starts> slow jam with drums in the forefront & vocals> fade
*4/ Galgabudda (3:44) – clarinet starts> slow song > slow fade
*5/ Garam (3:58) – guitar starts quietly> ethereal space jam, almost slow prog rock & song builds in volume & intensity> almost a drum solo> quick stop
**6/ Pa:do (4:50) – heavy guitar chords start> slow song with soaring vocals> instrumental jam> midtempo jam with vocals> quick stop
7/ Ebyul (3:26) – clarinet starts> slow spacey jam> slow fade
*8/ Jinyang (6:37) – guitar starts> slow jam> slow song> slow fade> pause> sax/guitar kick in for sonic prog jazz finish

Track Listing
1.Ewha 5.Garam
2.Mot 6.Pa:Do
3.Baram 7.Ebyul
4.Galgabudda 8.Jinyang