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Working musicians in some large ensembles can be forgiven for zoning out from time to time between their assigned parts, as long as they come through on cue. But when you’re performing the challenging big band music of Alan Chan, there's a good chance you’ll mess up if you’re not constantly on alert. “I like there to be surprises in my pieces, places where the music doesn’t go where or how you’d expect,” says the leader. Shrimp Tale, the captivating debut album by the Alan Chan Jazz Orchestra—one of the brightest of recent additions to the Los Angeles jazz scene—is full of unexpected turns and instrumental combinations

Shrimp Tale

Label: Crown Heights Audio Network
Released: 2014
Track listing: Tsu Zu Ku; Shrimp Tale; A Spirit’s Dream; Moving to a New Capital; Monte Alban; Solita; Rene’s Barcarolle; Rancho Calaveras.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Alan Chan Jazz Orchestra: Shrimp Tale

Read "Shrimp Tale" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Light flourishes, grand pronouncements, fleeting and flitting figures, sudden shifts in mood, and wide emotional arcs are part and parcel of the music created by the Alan Chan Jazz Orchestra. Chan, a classically trained pianist who came up in Hong Kong, hopped all over the United States while honing his writing skills. He ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Alan Chan: Shrimp Tale

Read "Shrimp Tale" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Big bands these days are being taken in many directions, one of which is eastward. Alan Chan, born and raised in Hong Kong and educated in part in the U.S. (at the universities of Miami and Southern California), has deftly blended Asian tradition with American jazz on Shrimp Tale, the splendid debut recording by his three-year-old ...

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"Shrimp Tale," Debut CD By The Los Angeles-Based Alan Chan Jazz Orchestra, To Be Released July 15

"Shrimp Tale," Debut CD By The Los Angeles-Based Alan Chan Jazz Orchestra, To Be Released July 15

The Alan Chan Jazz Orchestra has emerged, since its formation in 2011, as one of the brightest lights on the Los Angeles jazz scene. Last year, Chan gathered a group of topnotch studio and jazz players—19 pieces in all, plus guest trumpeter Wayne Bergeron—and produced a two-day session. First to be released, in the fall of ...


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