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Jason Kao Hwang / EDGE: Crossroads Unseen

Read "Crossroads Unseen" reviewed by Troy Collins


Crossroads Unseen is violinist Jason Kao Hwang's third release with his all-star ensemble, EDGE, following Stories Before Within (Innova, 2007) and its 2006 self-titled debut (Asian Improv). Exploring uncharted territory between chamber music, jazz improvisation and traditional East Asian forms, EDGE boasts some of New York City's finest improvisers, including stalwart contrabassist Ken Filiano, rising cornetist ...

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Jason Kao Hwang / EDGE: Crossroads Unseen

Read "Crossroads Unseen" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Composer/violinist, Jason Kao Hwang has been firmly establishing his credentials in free jazz since his quartet, EDGE, released its self-titled debut (Asian Improv, 2006). His résumé includes work with genre luminaries William Parker, Anthony Braxton, and Henry Threadgill. There are inevitable comparisons to Billy Bang, with whom Hwang has also played, but the two masters typically ...

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Jason Kao Hwang / Edge: Stories Before Within

Read "Stories Before Within" reviewed by Troy Collins


Stories Before Within is the second album from violinist Jason Kao Hwang's three-year-old ensemble, Edge. Their self-titled debut for Asian Improv Records was one of 2006's sleeper hits, a record brimming with stirring melodies, unorthodox arrangements and stunning group interplay. No less imaginative, their follow-up blends Eastern and Western traditions with even greater conviction. Joined again ...

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Jason Kao Hwang / Edge: Stories Before Within

Read "Stories Before Within" reviewed by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio


It is difficult to escape the storytelling element of the new release Stories Before Within. There's that title for one; the cover art prominently displays an open book and the first sentence in the liner notes emphatically declares, “as he prepared his new release by Edge, violinist-composer Jason Kao Hwang was thinking about storytelling."

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Jason Kao Hwang / Edge: Stories Before Within

Read "Stories Before Within" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza


Composer and violinist Jason Kao Hwang and his group Edge return with a story to tell on each of the five tracks on Stories Before Within. Hwang has long been a potent force in assimilating various styles of music, particularly Chinese, Korean and Japanese, with jazz. The result has been a startling cornucopia of thematic dynamics.


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