64

Cathy Segal-Garcia and Yoonseung Cho: Bohemian

Nicholas F. Mondello By

Sign in to view read count
The classic vocal-piano format can present itself in a myriad of ways, ranging from a more common singer-with-accompanist experience, with one melodically active and the other harmonically supportive, to a more cerebral, highly energized interplay and exploration of musical ideas. Bohemian, featuring vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia and pianist Yoonseung Cho is an exquisite example of the latter.

As the first collaboration between these two fine artists, this recording is a musical kaleidoscope of vocal sound textures, all swirling with and energized by the music emanating from the keyboard. Segal-Garcia and Cho present a dozen highly innovative selections that, to their significant credit, stretch the boundaries of the aforementioned voice-keyboard dyad. This is definitely not lounge or cabaret act bland stuff. It is highly involving listening that draws attention.

Garcia-Segal has the perfect ability and agility to interact with Cho's enormous technical chops. While her voice is beautifully feminine ("All the Right Reasons"), Garcia-Segal can hop and bop as well as show fine tonal sensitivity. She is musical equal, foil, partner and "play" mate to Cho. On "Bohemian" and four other cuts, the vocalist demonstrates a marvelous composer's touch, carrying a highly refined and unique pen.

Cho, on the other hand, is a very virile player. His touch ranges from most muscularly percussive to highly sensitive and romantic. Cho's classical piano training is quite evident during moments of impressionistic brilliance ("Like a River" and "One Minute"). The improvisational aspects of his performance do more to enhance and develop Garcia-Segal's ideas (and vice versa) than attempting to overshadow them.

The dozen interesting selections range from the more theatrical ("Bohemian" and "Touch of Her Soft Lips/The Nightingale") to quirky ("Embraceable Jew" and "The Ironic Waltz") and faux funky ("Jump Back"). Whatever the groove, Segal-Garcia and Cho are an innovative and engaging musical team.

What makes "Bohemian" so amazing throughout all of the cuts, is the interplay between Segal-Garcia and Cho. It is as if both of these artists are creatively unified, committed and dedicated to embracing and respectfully exploring each other's musical offerings.

With Bohemian one fine singer and one fine pianist add up to much more than the sum of its talented parts.

Track Listing: Bohemian; Her Family; Everyday's Own Song; Jump Back; One Minute; Embraceable Jew; All the Right Reasons; Like a River; A Timeless Place; Fragile; Touch Her Soft Lips/The Nightingale; The Ironic Waltz

Personnel: Cathy Segal-Garcia: vocals; Yoonseung Cho: piano

Title: Bohemian | Year Released: 2012 | Record Label: Dash Hoffman Records


Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Another North CD/LP/Track Review Another North
by Roger Farbey
Published: October 19, 2017
Read Gledalec CD/LP/Track Review Gledalec
by John Sharpe
Published: October 19, 2017
Read Flux Reflux CD/LP/Track Review Flux Reflux
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 19, 2017
Read Christmas With Champian CD/LP/Track Review Christmas With Champian
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: October 19, 2017
Read Harmony of Difference CD/LP/Track Review Harmony of Difference
by Phil Barnes
Published: October 18, 2017
Read No Answer CD/LP/Track Review No Answer
by Karl Ackermann
Published: October 18, 2017
Read "Discussions" CD/LP/Track Review Discussions
by Glenn Astarita
Published: September 20, 2017
Read "Kill Together" CD/LP/Track Review Kill Together
by Geno Thackara
Published: March 12, 2017
Read "Book Of Rhapsodies Vol. II" CD/LP/Track Review Book Of Rhapsodies Vol. II
by Jerome Wilson
Published: October 9, 2017
Read "Dawg Yawp" CD/LP/Track Review Dawg Yawp
by Jim Trageser
Published: October 29, 2016
Read "Two Calls" CD/LP/Track Review Two Calls
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 5, 2017
Read "First Man" CD/LP/Track Review First Man
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 20, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.