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Stories Before Within

Label: Innova Recordings
Released: 2008
Track listing: Cloud Call; From East Sixth Street; Walking Pictures; Third Sight; Embers.

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Jason Kao Hwang: Stories Before Within

Read "Stories Before Within" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Tra i tantissimi violinisti apparsi negli ultimi tempi sulla scena jazzistica o nelle sue immediate vicinanze va certamente preso in considerazione anche il nome del cinquantunenne Jason Kao Hwang. Musicista di origini cinesi (ma nato in Illinois), Hwang ha lavorato molto non solo in campo jazzistico: oltre ad aver dato il suo contributo a Butch Morris, ...

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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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