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John Chin: Blackout Conception

Read "Blackout Conception" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

John Chin is another new piano face, rightly placed on Fresh Sound's New Talent division. Born in Seoul, South Korea, but educated in California at Cal State and then the University of North Texas, he then relocated to New York to study with pianist Kenny Barron at Rutgers University in New Jersey. A major portion of Blackout Conception is influenced and dedicated to the Philadelphia pianist.

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John Chin: Blackout Conception

Read "Blackout Conception" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Pianist John Chin's debut, Blackout Conception, demonstrates his affinity to highly melodic, song-like compositions. The 32 year-old Chin was born in Seoul, South Korea but grew up in Los Angeles, where he began to study classical piano. Chen graduated from California State University when he was 19, with a BA in music, attended the University of North Texas and than relocated to the American east coast to study with his mentor, veteran pianist Kenny Barron, at Rutgers University in New ...

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John Chin: Blackout Conception

Read "Blackout Conception" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

The début recording by pianist John Chin features two compositions by Kenny Barron, and fans of the great Philadelphia pianist will most probably like Blackout Conception for the elements it shares with Barron's playing: a strong, deliberate touch, bluesy delivery, well-argued improvisation, a streak of sentimentality.The songs on this record are long-ish. This is jazz, of course, and in live performance long numbers are de rigueur, but who among the younger players in the broad mainstream (save maybe ...

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John Chin: Blackout Conception

Read "Blackout Conception" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Pianist John Chin marks his recording debut with three originals and four other compositions that have made an impression on him. Chin, who turned to jazz as a teenager, went on to study under Kenny Barron at Rutgers University. While Barron's influence is present to an extent, Chin brings his own measure and intuition to bear in his playing. His ideas flow cohesively and he is as comfortable in letting them gush as he is in holding back and letting ...


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