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Chien Chien Lu

Chien Chien Lu is a jazz vibraphonist, contemporary percussionist, and composer from Taiwan. She recorded on trumpeter Jeremy Pelt's latest record “Jeremy Pelt The Artist” and toured with the band to France, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, and UK. Chien Chien has recently stepped forth as a composer and leader with her own quartet. Chien Chien Lu had her first exposure to music when she started learning the piano at the age of six. At the age of ten, she developed a passion for percussion. In 2008, She joined world renowned Ju Percussion Group and performed throughout Taiwan, China, Japan, Thailand, Singapore

Album

Soundtrack

Label: HighNote Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Picking Up the Pieces; Soundtrack; Be the Light; Part 1: The Lighter Side; Part 2: The Darker Side; Elegy; I’m Still Standing; I Love Music; Shifting Images; You and Me.

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Article: Album Review

Jeremy Pelt: Soundtrack

Read "Soundtrack" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Although Soundtrack is the name of trumpeter Jeremy Pelt's latest album (more about that in a moment), there is another selection that more readily summarizes Pelt's lyric philosophy: “I Love Music." And while there is ample contrast, camaraderie and color on the album, there is no doubt that Pelt's clear and creative commentaries are the focal ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Sorry To See You Go - More Holiday Music From CeCe Gable, Amanda Turre Plus Jazzmeia Horn and Her Noble Force

Read "Sorry To See You Go - More Holiday Music From CeCe Gable, Amanda Turre Plus Jazzmeia Horn and Her Noble Force" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This Boxing Day broadcast presents holiday music from CeCe Gable, Andromeda Turre and Laura Wells, with new releases from Amy Engelhardt and Jazzmeia Horn, plus birthday shoutouts to Edith Piaf, Sue Maskaleris, Roberta Gambarini and more. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music during this time of pandemic so ...

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Article: Interview

Chien Chien Lu: On The Right Path

Read "Chien Chien Lu: On The Right Path" reviewed by William H. Snyder


Chien Chien Lu is a vibes and marimba player who lived the first quarter of a century of her life in Taiwan. This year she is closing in on 32 years of age. One of three children, she went to church with Dad and temple with Mom--her father being a Christian, and her mother a Buddhist. ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Four Brand New Heavies

Read "Four Brand New Heavies" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


Four recent releases by four artists new to the boys--two offering their debuts to the world. We've got a couple of vibe-meisters (is that instrument getting hot all of a sudden?), a disciple of Darcy James Argue, and a good old-fashioned small-group jazz album with a thematic thing going on. Oh yeah, and in a completely ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Life Goes On - Celebrating Jazz Master Carla Bley On Her 85th Birthday

Read "Life Goes On - Celebrating Jazz Master Carla Bley On Her 85th Birthday" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast celebrates the birthdays of Jazz Masters Carla Bley in the first hour and Betty Carter in the second, plus new releases from Ruben Blades y Roberto Delgado & Orquestra, Rebecca Kilgore and the Keith Brown Trio. Other birthday shoutouts include Virginia Mayhew, Karin Krog, Nadje Noordhuis, Kate Reid and Grace Kelly, among others. Thanks ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases and Celebrations for Blossom Dearie, Ma Rainey and More

Read "New Releases and Celebrations for Blossom Dearie, Ma Rainey and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast features new releases from the Steven Feifke Big Band, the Alpha Rhythm Kings, Nicki Parrott, Esperanza Spalding, Chien Chien Lu, Norah Jones and the Art of Time Ensemble with birthday shoutouts to Mother of the Blues Ma Rainey, Blossom Dearie, Shirley Horn, Connie Crothers, and Mary Ann McSweeney, among others. Thanks for listening and ...

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Article: Album Review

Chien Chien Lu: The Path

Read "The Path" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


For vibraphonist Chien Chien Lu, the path to jazz wasn't direct. She rode a contemporary classical percussion track into her twenties in her native Taiwan, but, as it turned out, that drive was less about reaching a destination than it was about the act of discovery: A growing desire for musical freedom and adventure eventually set ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jeremy Pelt Quintet Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam

Read "Jeremy Pelt Quintet Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam" reviewed by BIMHUIS


On his new album The Artist (February 2019) the famed American trumpeter/composer delves into the legacy of French sculptor Auguste Rodin. In the five-movement Rodin Suite he muses not only on works the artist left us, but how his art might have evolved if he were still with us today. His ensemble is capable of delicacy ...


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