Jo-Yu Chen: Incomplete Soul (2011)
The other compositions are originals, and seem to invoke a sense of emotional or physical travel and motion. Chen composes with an innovative flair for setting up visual concepts, and is comfortable in her responsibility. From the title track to "Black Forest" and "Departure," to what she calls her rock number, "Follow Me," the music flows brilliantly, with exuberance and grace.
Rites of passage would not be complete without ballads pulling on the heartstrings, so Chen delivers a "Love Letter," and then portrays herself as a "Dreamer." She allows her lighthearted side to come out with "Tipsy Cat" before unleashing her rebellious nature in three short improvisations simply called "Improv 1, 2 and 3," as if to show she can stretch out or blow off steam. Bassist Christopher Tordini and drummer Tommy Crane understand her musically, and are faultless accompanists for her style of composition, with its light touch and approach.
Incomplete Soul is an ideal example of the expression of original nature. Chen may be influenced by the music of the world around herparticularly her immersion into jazzbut it is her personal individuality which defines her as a consummate musician. The journey continues.
Track Listing: The Wandering Songstress; Chess; Incomplete Soul; Improv 1; Black Forest; Love Letter; Tipsy Cat; Departure; Improv 2; Dreamer; Follow Me; Omprov 3; Red Bean.
Personnel: Jo- Yu Chen: piano; Christopher Tordini: bass; Tommy Crane: drums; Andy Lin: erhu(1).
Record Label: Sony Music
Style: Modern Jazz