223

Yoon Sun Choi/Jacob Sacks: Imagination: The Music of Joe Raposo

Elliott Simon By

Sign in to view read count
Yoon Sun Choi/Jacob Sacks: Imagination: The Music of Joe Raposo There is a certain paradoxical synergy that exists between the tunes on Imagination and the avant-cum-free interpretations given them by vocalist Yoon Sun Choi and pianist Jacob Sacks. Choi and Sacks work so well together in their own charming, but somewhat weird, way that they turn this tribute to composer Joe Raposo into much more than a celebration of his music. Raposo composed primarily for television shows such as The Muppets and Sesame Street and these songs, many of which suckled the children of the '70s, are explored in ways previously unimagined.

Choi has magnificent vocal command of a variety of styles and within this intimate context she scats, sings the blues and postures as a faux Broadway diva. She jousts with and complements Sacks as he serves as both accompanist and timekeeper, changing tempo midstream and improvising off Choi's intriguing phrasing. Sacks can remind one of pianist Vince Guaraldi of Peanuts fame as well as Laura Nyro in an off-center way and there is more than a hint of an Ella Fitzgerald gone avant-garde in Choi's pure bell-like tone and vocal calisthenics.

The innocent and joyful manner of the originals is not lost. Choi and Sacks clearly have fun mutating rhythms and playing with the phrasing but the songs' serious sides are also expanded upon and revealed. Such is the case on their extended version of the Kermit the Frog signature piece "Bein' Green," a wonderful exploration of the positive aspects of being different in convincing fashion. A slow bluesy version of The Carpenters' hit "Sing" highlights the song's sagacious life-long advice while the psychological escapism of the title piece is elegantly portrayed. Choi and Sacks have dressed these children's classics in adult clothes and the fit is near perfect.


Track Listing: Somebody Come And Play; Little Things; Song Of Five; Bein’ Green; La, La, La; Happiness Hotel; Imagination; What Makes Music; Blue; J Jump; Not Much Of A Dog; Sing.

Personnel: Yoon Sun Choi: voice; Jacob Sacks: piano.

Year Released: 2008 | Record Label: Yeah-Yeah records | Style: Modern Jazz


Shop

More Articles

Read Backlog CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by Mark F. Turner
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Before The Silence CD/LP/Track Review Before The Silence
by John Sharpe
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Process And Reality CD/LP/Track Review Process And Reality
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1 CD/LP/Track Review Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 24, 2017
Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read "Solstice" CD/LP/Track Review Solstice
by Jerome Wilson
Published: November 27, 2016
Read "Strange But Not Entirely Unattractive" CD/LP/Track Review Strange But Not Entirely Unattractive
by Dave Wayne
Published: August 21, 2016
Read "Nearness And You, Duets and Improvisations" CD/LP/Track Review Nearness And You, Duets and Improvisations
by Mark Corroto
Published: April 13, 2016
Read "Enter the Plus Tet" CD/LP/Track Review Enter the Plus Tet
by Karl Ackermann
Published: October 8, 2016
Read "Once Upon A Time In Portugal" CD/LP/Track Review Once Upon A Time In Portugal
by Mark Sullivan
Published: May 30, 2016
Read "Eternally Even" CD/LP/Track Review Eternally Even
by Doug Collette
Published: November 5, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!