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Kerong Chok

When people think of Singapore - the small island, city-state in Southeast Asia - images of a well-ordered, literate, socially disciplined, technologically advanced, multicultural entrepot easily come to mind. Musically, the country is known for its brilliant classically trained prodigies. Now there's another great musical talent coming from that part of the world - jazz organist, composer, and bandleader Kerong Chok. He's a graduate of the distinguished Manhattan School of Music and has played with a number of jazz stars including Frank Wess, Steve Wilson, and John Riley. On Good Company, his debut recording as a leader, this innovative organist delivers ten original compositions in an engaging, impassioned quintet featuring Brubeck Institute graduate, tenor/soprano saxophonist/flutist Lucas Pino, the Parisian, New School alumnus guitarist Michael Valeanu, and fellow MSM alumni, trumpeter Matt Holman, and drummer/percussionist Jake Goldbas

Good Company

Label: Kerong Chok
Released: 2012
Track listing: Black Ice; Literacy; Sounds from the Back Alley; Samba Number 1; For Kenny; The First Day of School; Good Company; Incessant; Free and Easy; Rill Son.

Good Comapny

Label: Kerong Chok
Released: 2012

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kerong Chok: Good Company

Read "Good Company" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Though still in his twenties, pianist/keyboardist/composer Kerong Chok has been one of the bright young stars on Singapore's jazz scene for a decade. He stepped into the limelight as co-writer, arranger and deft accompanist on singer Rani Singam's Contentment (Inflexion Lines, 2011), and here makes his full debut as leader, on a Hammond organ-flavored set that ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Fourthought: Fourthought

Read "Fourthought" reviewed by Edward Blanco

The self-titled debut of an exciting New York-based quartet led by saxophonist Nicholas Biello and drummer Manuel Weyand, Fourthought forges new ground on the landscape of modern post-bop, presenting six originals and one cover tune in new light. Both Biello and German-born Weyand are products of the renowned Manhattan School of Music and are supported by ...


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