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Yuhan Su: Good Vibes

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Everybody loves the romance of a comeback: the phoenix-like rise from adversity, long-term exile, obscurity or defeat. Think of US President Abraham Lincoln's travails, boxer George Foreman's regaining the World Heavyweight title at the age of 45, actor Sean Connery's return as Bond, David Bowie's eternal reinvention or, indeed, the peculiar cycles of fashion that have brought back platform boots once more. In jazz terms, saxophonist Charles Lloyd's return from semi-retirement in the 1980s is mythologized, but it surely can't beat bassist Henry Grimes' musical resurrection in the early 2000s after over 30 years of obscurity.Some comebacks are ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Yuhan Su: Flying Alone

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The vibraphone has experienced a resurgence in recent years, with numerous talented musicians drawing the spotlight to the instrument. Taiwanese vibraphonist Yuhan Su is another notable exponent. Su moved to the United States in 2008 and studied at Berklee under vibraphone players Dave Samuels and Ed Saindon and marimba player Nancy Zeltsman. Her debut as leader impresses on a number of levels, not the least of which is because these sophisticated compositions command the attention throughout the generous 73 minutes.Melody is central to Su's writing and her deceptively simple yet graceful melodic lines unfold with an assured sense ...

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Yuhan Su: Flying Alone

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Vibraphonist Yuhan Su's debut album Flying Alone is a collection of ten elegant and sophisticated originals that unfold like poems for multiple voices. Her effective yet subtle leadership of her international band allows the instruments to echo and support each other in haunting choruses and contemplative dialogues. The futuristic “Difficulties" builds an intriguing atmosphere with the ebb and flow of guitarist Publio Delgado's electric swells over drummer Deepak Gopinath's angular, spicy and rollicking beats. Su's own darkly sparkling mallets shimmer as her electrifying improvisation unpredictably changes tempos in response to Gopinath's urgent and clamorous drum set. Delgado's ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Yuhan Su: Flying Alone

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Flying Alone is Taiwanese vibraphonist Yuhan Su's debut, a 2011 Berklee College of Music graduate who put together an international band to record the album in March 2012. As well as vibraphone, Su plays malletkat, and sings on two tracks. The personnel have been well chosen; although not long together at the time of recording, they are highly compatible, sounding both relaxed and comfortable playing together. The ten tracks are all original compositions by Su, written in the eighteen months prior to the recording. All are refreshingly subtle, consisting of long melodic lines rather than the tight snappy ...



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