Ge-Suk Yeo & Blaise Siwula: Segue (2004)
Yeo has the perfect complement in multi-instrumentalist Blaise Siwula. His dynamics add to the temper of the music, but more importantly each knows where the other is going and so work together in seamless weave. This trait is manifested right from the gentle “Wind,” whose stronger element is the voice of Yeo, a warm force that fans the luminosity of the flute. She is in a more emphatic operatic mode on “Echo,” which gives Siwula the opening to blow quick flourishes, bend a few notes and tongue-slap his alto.
The bansuri (which means flute in Hindi) is an instrument that is used primarily in the folk and classical music of India. Siwula has a feel for its texture and evokes an appropriate mood of “Calm”; he is the dominant voice here. Contrast comes in the edgier “Friends”; Yeo has her operatic declarations going, but she also scats while Siwula not only gets into a deeper, harder groove, he adds some melodic incursions as well.
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Track Listing: Wind; Echo; Calm; Waterfall; Bubble; Freaky; Friends; Silent Goodbye
Personnel: Ge-Suk Yeo
Style: Modern Jazz