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Sung, Helen / Sung With Words - (A Collaboration With Dana Gioia)
Album:Sung With Words - (A Collaboration With Dana Gioia) Collection:Jazz
Artist:Sung, Helen Added:01/2019
Label:Stricker Street Records 

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Album Review
Tom McCarter
Reviewed 2019-01-07 
Reviewed: 2018-01-07
Genre: Jazz
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Review: Sung has a glowing sophistication in her way of playing that withstands any sort of a synthetic approach to music. She puts this skill into use in her new recording, her first containing all original compositions. Every single piece was inspired by the words of Californian poet Dana Gioia.
Sung puts together a central sextet, then adds the vocals, in which every syllable is served with lyric refinement after Gioia’s spoken-word intros, and are entrusted to one or two accomplished guest singers to interpret.
If You Like: Nina Simone, Geri Allen, Diana Krall, Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Rollins
Track Review (favorites denoted by *):
1/ Intro (Spoken): Meet Me At The Lighthouse (0:47) – spoken intro
***2/ Convergence (5:12) – drums start> swinging uptempo jam> sax solo> trumpet solo> piano solo> crescendo end
3/ The Stars On Second Avenue (5:09) – sultry female vocal starts> slow song> bass solo> slow song> slow fade
4/ Spoken Intro: Hot Summer Night (1:13) – spoken poem
*5/ Hot Summer Night (3:36) – percussion starts> uptempo song with female vocal> trumpet solo> uptempo song> quick fade
6/ Spoken Intro: Play The Beautiful (0:50) – spoken poem
*7/ Play The Beautiful (5:08) – female vocal starts> midtempo song> piano solo> midtempo song> slow fade
8/ Spoken Intro: Too Bad (0:44) – spoken poem
**9/ Too Bad (5:20) – female vocal starts> slow song swings uptempo> trumpet solo> piano solo> uptempo song quickly slows to midtempo> fade
*10/ Lament for Kalief Browler (7:18) - Fender Rhodes/cymbals starts with chorus> slow jam with chorus> pause> slow jam swings to fast tempo with choral punctuation> pause> slow jam with chorus> pause> slow jam> slow fade
*11/ Into The Unknown (5:44) – drums start> uptempo jam slows to slow tempo> piano solo swings into uptempo jam> drum solo> uptempo jam> quick stop
12/ Touch (3:44) – vocal starts slow and softly> piano trio joins> slow song> bass solo> piano solo> slow song> slow fade
13/ CODA: Touch (0:38) – spoken poem
*14/ In The Shadowland (5:40) – piano starts> midtempo jam> bass solo> sax solo> uptempo jam in cascading riff> slow fade

Track Listing
1.Intro: (Spoken) Meet Me At The Lighthouse 9.Too Bad
2.Convergence 10.Lament For Kalief Bowder
3.The Stars On Second Avenue 11.Into The Unknown
4.Spoken Intro: Hot Summer Night 12.Touch
5.Hot Summer Night 13.Coda (Spoken): Touch
6.Spoken Intro: Play The Beautiful 14.In The Shadowland
7.Play The Beautiful 15.Spoken Intro: Mean What You Say
8.Spoken Intro: Too Bad 16.Mean What You Say