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Jungsu Choi: Tschuss Jazz Era

Read "Tschuss Jazz Era" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Living in a state of unresolved civil war since 1945, and lately under threat of nuclear annihilation, obviously sharpens the senses, gives the Korean people an edge the rest of us don't have. Recently, Donald Trump took one look and was blown away. He said (or perhaps Tweeted), “These are wonderful, hard-working people."

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Jungsu Choi

Composer, Producer and Band leader Jungsu Choi has had diverse rolls in all areas of music, be it orchestra, big band or electronic music. In his ten years of working in Europe, he has built a remarkable musical career and studied jazz composition, film music as well as electro-acoustic music at Vienna Conservatory and Kingston University London. His unique compositions and arrangements have been played by numerous orchestras and big bands. He has written for modern dance, musical, theatre, TV spots and film and also holds a leading position as educator with Korea’s Word Cyber College

Jungsu Choi Tiny Orkester: Tschuss Jazz Era

Read "Tschuss Jazz Era" reviewed by Jack Bowers

At last, after lo these many years, a big band--make that a Tiny Orkester--from South Korea. If that's not surprising enough, what is even more striking is that composer / arranger Jungsu Choi's diminutive ensemble (tentet plus voices) is highly proficient and really swings. Choi wrote two of the album's five numbers; the others are Charlie ...